Are the following sentences (using neither.. nor) are grammatically correct?

2. Rewrite the sentences using neither.. nor...

a. He does not have a pen. He does not have a paper.

He neither have a pen nor have a paper.

b. She does not want to buy a car. She does not want to buy an apartment.

She neither want to buy a car nor she want to buy an apartment.

c. The students are not at school today. The students are not in the library.

The students neither are at school nor in the library.

d. TV is not allowed. Video game is not allowed.

Neither TV nor Video Game is allowed.

e. Videotaping and recording are prohibited in this area.

Neither videotaping nor recording are prohibited in this area.

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  • John P
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    a]  He has neither pen nor paper.   (You could argue for 'a pen', bur 'paper' could be a few sheets or many sheets, thus not 'a paper'. 

    If you hear Britons talking about 'a paper' they mean a newspaper. For example: 'I am just popping down to the shop for a paper.'

    b]  She wants to buy neither a car nor an apartment. Or: She doesn't want to buy a car, and she doesn't want to buy an apartment.

    That whole idea is awkward, since both items are very large purchases, so it is unlikely that they would be mentioned in one breath.

    c]  Today the students are neither at school nor in the library.  ( You could put ;'today' at the end.

    d]  Neither TV nor video games are allowed.   (Note plural 'video games'; note no capitals for 'video gamers'.

    Natural English would have a notice saying: "No TV.  No video games."  Probably all in capitals.

    e]  What you have written says that video and audio recording are ALLOWED!  Neither is prohibited.

  • 1 month ago

    a) He has neither a pen nor a paper. 

    b.  She neither wants to buy a car nor an apartment. 

    c.  The students neither are at school, nor are they in the library. 

    d.  Neither TV nor video games are allowed. 

    e.  Neither videotaping nor recording are permitted in this area.

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