Using NEITHER in English

Using Neither … nor, neither of and etc… Please follow the list for detailed expressions and examples;


Neither refers to not both of the two things or people. The sentences with ‘ neither ‘ have a negative  meaning.


  • Neither of my friends likes playing basketball.
  • Which one would you like coffee or tea? – Neither.
  • Neither one of them wants to do that.
  • Mary didn’t go to the party, and neither did Lisa. ( She didn’t go also.)
  • I can not speak neither Spanish nor French. 

Using ‘Neither’:

1.Neither is used as a determiner before a singular noun.

Neither + singular noun ( as  a determiner)


  • Neither postgraduate student could finish their articles.
  • Neither student got enough points to pass the course.
  • Neither book is mine.
  • Neither movie were educational.

2.Using Neither with ‘nor’ (  Neither … nor … / Neither as a Conjunction ) :

Neither is used as a conjunction. This structure, “neither … nor”, is used to connect the same kind of word or phrase in the sentence. The verb is always singular.

Neither + Noun + nor + Noun


  • Neither the green dress nor the pink dress are available for now in our shop.
  • Neither Jason nor Donald came to the party.
  • Neither I nor my wife is tall. But our daughter is tall.
  • Neither my mother nor my father know how to read or write.

Neither + Verb/Phrase + nor + Verb/Phrase


  • She will neither call him nor send him a message anymore.
  • They  neither can travel around the city nor can relax during job interviews.
  • My brother neither smokes nor drinks.
  • I neither know nor wonder where my wife is.

3.Using Neither with ‘of’ :

In this structure the verb can be singular or plural.

Neither of + determiner ( the, my, these ) + plural noun


  • Neither of my parents like / likes drinking coffee.
  • Neither of the answers is / are correct.
  • Neither of these students want / wants to do their homework.

Neither of + object pronoun ( you, us, them )


  • Neither of them know / knows what troubles I have.
  • Neither of you is / are  always listening to what each other is talking about.
  • Neither of us has / have visited these countries.

4. Neither can also be used alone:

It means not both or none of the two.


  • Is she a teacher or a student? – Neither. She is a parent.
  • What kind of cheesecake do you like, with strawberry  or with chocolate? – Neither.

5.Neither / Nor can be used to express the meaning like you, too, also  in a negative sense.

In this case we invert the auxiliary verb ( approciate to the person and the time ( tense ) and the subject after neither / nor. In short;

( Neither or nor + auxiliary/modal verb + subject) is used to mean ‘also not’.


  • We haven’t seen Paul for a week. Neither has Kevin. ( the less formal alternative is ‘ Kevin hasn’t either.’)
  • I can’t speak English very well, nor can my friend.

6.Using ‘ Neither‘ in a positive sentence and using ‘ either’ in a negative sentence gives the same meaning to the sentence.

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  • I have neither an opinion nor a solution.
  • I don’t have either an opinion or a solution. ( It means neither of them)
  • I want neither of you to help me.
  • I don’t want either of you to help me. ( It means neither of you)

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