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The form ‘Neither..nor’ can be used when we want to say "Not this .... and not that...” about two things (actions, adjectives or nouns). The form can be used with verbs, adjectives and nouns.
Form and rules:
NEITHER ....... WITH VERBS
‘Neither’ can be used (without ‘nor’) to speak about actions that did not happen.
The meaning in both examples is “He/She did not do this.....and he/she also did not do that...”
NEITHER.. AS A PRONOUN / DETERMINER
When it is used as a pronoun, “Neither” is often followed by “of” plus a noun phrase or pronoun.
As a determiner, ‘neither’ is used in the same way..
NEITHER...... TO SHOW AGREEMENT OR SIMILARITY
‘Neither’ can be used to show agreement or similarity with a negative statement.
“Either..or” is used to speak about a choice between two things (actions, adjectives or nouns) and gives the meaning "one or the other, this or that, he or she, etc."
“Either” can be used at the start of a sentence. In this case, the verb conjugation depends on the subject (singular or plural) closest to the conjugated verb.
Note: If ‘either’ is used with a negative verb, its meaning is the same as ‘neither’. ‘Either’ is usually placed at the end of the sentence in these cases:
‘Both ..... and ...’ is used to combine two things (actions, adjectives or nouns) and gives the meaning “This thing and that thing, him and her, etc”. Things connected by 'both … and' take the a plural verb conjugation.