Ne Ni Ni in the quiz question is grammatically incorrect.

James

Kwiziq community member

17 September 2018

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Ne Ni Ni in the quiz question is grammatically incorrect.

Neither is one of two things. Therefore the question in the quiz was grammatically incorrect.` I like neither the guitar, nor the violin, nor the piano` is not phrased correctly.

This relates to:
Ne ... ni ... ni = Neither ... nor (negation) -

Chris

Kwiziq community member

24 September 2018

24/09/18

Hi James,

I think you are a bit to restrictive. Rudyard Kipling wrote:

"But there is neither East nor West, Border, nor Breed, nor Birth, when two strong men stand face to face, though they come from the ends of the earth!"

The neither..nor..(nor).. construct seems to have been extended to stand for one and only one choice out of several offered, not just two.

James

Kwiziq community member

24 September 2018

24/09/18

Thanks, I was thinking of the literal meaning of `neither`. I recall that once, as a schoolboy, I got detention for using neither as a negative option for one of three things.

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