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Etymology

Old English nawþer, contraction of nahwæþer "not of two"[1]

Pronunciation

Determiner

neither

  1. not one of two; not either
    • neither definition seems correct

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Pronoun

neither

  1. not either one
    • because neither is correct

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Conjunction

neither

  1. not either (used with nor)
    • neither I nor you like it
  2. also not
    • if you won’t correct it, neither will I

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Adverb

neither

  1. similarly not
    • just as you would not correct it, neither would I

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Usage notes

  • Neither is used to mean none of two or more. Although some suggest that using the word neither with more than two items is incorrect, it has been commonly used to refer to more than two subjects since the 17th century. The more modern usage does prefer none with more than two things.
  • There is considerable variation in regards to the number of the verb employed with this construction.
  • Examples:
  • "That woman was neither a collector nor an art critic, but she understood the meaning I meant to give that work." -- [Marcell Ferron]
  • "Has anyone ever loved you so much that they tried to kill you, or perhaps sucked you down into a hole so that you had to kill them to get away? Yeah, me neither." --[Maynard James Keenan]
  • "You can make a lot of money in this game. Just ask my ex-wives. Both of them are so rich that neither of their husbands work." -- [Lee Trevino]
  • "As if it were gold and could be neither good nor bad nor worth more nor worth less but must always be worth the same no matter what." --[Alex Miller]
  • "Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet,
Till Earth and Sky stand presently at God's great Judgment Seat;
But there is neither East nor West, Border, nor Breed, nor Birth,
When two strong men stand face to face, though they come from the ends of the earth!" [Rudyard Kipling]
  • "Neither you, Simon, nor the fifty thousand, nor the Romans, nor the Jews, nor Judas, nor the twelve ,nor the priests, nor the scribes, nor doomed Jerusalem itself understand what power is, understand what glory is, understand at all." --[| Jesus Christ Superstar]

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