Hi all. Just curious, would you say the bolded sentence is using passive voice? Thanks in advance.

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In early May of 2007 he had a dispute with the general manager of the store over his performance. After this dispute, Harry nor the manager were able to work amicably together.

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The negation is in the wrong place. You can't end up with something that says neither could work together. That won't make a lot of sense.

After this dispute, Harry and the manager were unable to work together amicably. (or were not able).

And no, it's not passive.

CJ
Got it. Also, I edited my question while you were answering it, thinking I had solved it. Here's the original for reference:


Hi. I'm a bit unsure of how to correctly write the bolded sentence. Any help would be appreciated.

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In early May of 2007 he had a dispute with the general manager of the store over his performance. After this dispute, Harry nor the manager were able to work amicably together.

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My question is, should it be "Harry nor the manager were" or "Harry nor the manager was"? I believe it's the former, MS Word says it's the latter. Also, would you consider the bolded sentence to be using passive voice? Thanks in advance.
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ZoranBshould it be "Harry nor the manager were" or "Harry nor the manager was"
Both are wrong.

You have to have a "neither" in front. Neither Harry nor the manager ...

What you want is the agreement rule for "neither ... nor ..." constructions. Here it is: Make the agreement only with the second of the two items.

Neither Harry nor the manager was able ...

Neither Harry nor his friends were able ...

Neither Harry's friends nor the manager was able ...

(MS Word was right this time, which is surprising because it is often wrong.)

But, as I said above, neither was able to work together isn't right because it says that the one could not work together, and the other could not work together.

One person cannot "work together". You need at least two. That's why you need 'Harry and the manager couldn't work together'.

CJ