Neither is paired with nor. (Do not forget that this pairing plays a negative role in the sentence, so take care to avoid an unintended double negative.)|
Either is paired with or. (Sometimes, the word either is omitted.)
Either/Or and Neither/NorThe 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 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:
The two sentences below are examples of double negatives:
Remember, two negatives make a positive. The examples above are not grammatically incorrect, but they probably do not mean what the originator intended.
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.