Jul 8

Correlative conjunctions

We can use NEITHER…NOR… to connect two verbs, adjectives, adverbs, nouns or noun phrases in the same sentence. Using NEITHER…NOR… focuses the reader’s attention on the two things which are connected. We use NEITHER…NOR… with a negative meaning:


  • Some ill people can neither feed nor clothe themselves.

  • The argument is neither relevant nor interesting.

  • He wrote the letter neither happily nor willingly.

  • We can neither expect children to behave well when their parents behave badly nor tell them to work harder if we ourselves do not work hard.


To feed yourself = to put food in your own mouth and eat it

To clothe yourself = to get dressed without the help of other people

relevant = closely connected or appropriate to what is being done or considered
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