The pairing Neither/Nor plays a negative role, so take care to avoid an unintended double negative. For example:|
Either/Or and Neither/Nor (Beware Double Negatives)The pairings either/or and neither/nor can be used to group two people or things. Although not a major grammatical error, the grouping of more than two things is frowned upon by followers of some style conventions.
Beware Double NegativeThe pairing neither/nor plays a negative role in the sentence. Be careful not to use a double negative.
A Double Negative Is Not Always a MistakeRemember, a double negative is not always a mistake, but it might change the intended meaning. For example:
WHAT IS A DOUBLE NEGATIVE?
The two sentences below are examples of double negatives:
EITHER/OR OR NEITHER/NOR – YOU CANNOT MIX THEM
The pairings either/or and neither/nor are known as correlative conjunctions.
You cannot mix them. In other words, either cannot pair with nor, and neither cannot pair with or.
(Note: It is common to omit either from the either/or pairing.)