neither


neither
nei|ther1 W3 [ˈnaıðə US ˈni:ðər] determiner, pron
not one or the other of two people or things
→↑either
'Would you like tea or coffee?' 'Neither, thanks.'
It was a game in which neither team deserved to win.
neither of
Neither of them can cook.
Thompson had two strategies, neither of which seems to have worked very well.
We asked both John and Jerry, but neither one could offer a satisfactory explanation.
see usage notenone1
neither 2
neither2 W3S2 adv
used to show that a negative statement is also true about another person or thing
→↑either
neither does/can/will etc sb
'I don't have any money.' 'Neither do I.'
Tom didn't believe a word she said, and neither did the police.
'I don't like horror movies.' ' Me neither .'
neither 3
neither3 conj
1.) neither ... nor ...
used when mentioning two things that are not true or possible
Neither Oleg's mother nor his father spoke English.
The equipment is neither accurate nor safe.
2.) be neither here nor there
spoken used to say that something is not important because it does not affect a fact or situation
The fact that she needed the money for her children is neither here nor there - it's still stealing.
3.) be neither one thing nor the other
spoken used to say that something or someone cannot be described as either one of two types of thing or person, but is somewhere in the middle of the two
The New York Times is neither one thing nor the other. It's not really a city newspaper and it's not really a national newspaper either.
4.) formal used to add another negative statement about someone or something
= ↑nor
The authorities were not sympathetic to the students' demands, neither would they tolerate any disruption.
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HINT sense 1
Do not say 'neither ...or ...'. Say not ...or ... or neither ...nor ...: We don't know or care where he is. |Neither he nor his wife eats meat.
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  • Neither — Nei ther (n[=e] [th][ e]r or n[imac] [th][ e]r; 277), a. [OE. neither, nother, nouther, AS. n[=a]w[eth]er, n[=a]hw[ae][eth]er; n[=a] never, not + hw[ae][eth]er whether. The word has followed the form of either. See {No}, and {Whether}, and cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • neither — nei|ther [ niðər, naıðər ] function word, quantifier *** Neither can be used in the following ways: as a way of showing how a sentence or clause is related to what has already been said: I can t play tennis, but neither can you. as a conjunction… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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  • neither — /nee dheuhr, nuy /, conj. 1. not either, as of persons or things specified (usually fol. by nor): Neither John nor Betty is at home. 2. nor; nor yet; no more: Bob can t go, and neither can I. If she doesn t want it, neither do I. adj. 3. not… …   Universalium