She said that 'neither' and 'nor' are intrinsically coupled together, such that it is inappropriate to say "I don't like x, nor do I like y", and rather that one should say "I like neither x nor y". In assuming she was triflingly more intelligent than I am, I adopted her grammatical idiosyncrasy
, frequently catching myself using the allegedly improper construct. However, eventually it dawned on me that I should ascertain her propriety, seeing as it came naturally to me to use the allegedly
verboten construct. I was shocked
to see I had been deceived:http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/educat ... en-use-nor
Another option is to combine the two negative ideas into one sentence and then start the second part with “nor”: “I don’t usually wake up at 6 a.m., nor do I like to wake up at 5 a.m.”
Certainly Ona Lina is not grammatically superior to Grammar Girl, who has certainly earned her place near the top of many a Google search for the idiomatic
use of language.