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English definition of “neither”


determiner, pronoun, conjunction, adverb     /ˈnaɪ.ðər/ /ˈniː-/ US  /-ðɚ/
B2 not either of two things or people: We've got two TVs, but neither works properly. Neither of my parents likes my boyfriend. Neither one of us is particularly interested in gardening. "Which one would you choose?" "Neither. They're both terrible." If she doesn't agree to the plan, neither will Tom (= he will also not). Chris wasn't at the meeting and neither was her assistant.informal "I don't feel like going out this evening." "Me neither." On two occasions she was accused of stealing money from the company, but in neither case was there any evidence to support the claims.Either, or, neither, nor neither ... nor B2 used when you want to say that two or more things are not true: Neither my mother nor my father went to university. They speak neither French nor German, but a curious mixture of the two. I neither know nor care what's happened to him.Either, or, neither, nor Grammar:Neither, neither … nor and not … eitherSee moreGrammar:Neither as a determinerNeither allows us to make a negative statement about two people or things at the same time. Neither goes before singular countable nouns. We use it to say ‘not either’ in relation to two things. Neither can be pronounced /ˈnaɪðə(r)/ or /ˈni:ðə(r)/.See moreGrammar:Neither … norWe can use neither as a conjunction with nor. It connects two or more negative alternatives. This can sound formal in speaking:See moreGrammar:Not with neither and norWhen a clause with neither or nor is used after a negative clause, we invert the subject and the verb after neither and nor:See moreGrammar:Neither do I, Nor can sheWe use neither and nor + auxiliary/modal verb + subject to mean ‘also not’:See moreGrammar:Not … eitherWe can use not … either to mean ‘also not’, but we do not change the word order of the auxiliary or modal verb and subject:See moreGrammar:Neither: typical errorsSee more
(Definition of neither determinerpronounconjunctionadverb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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