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neither - more mistake


neither - more mistake
Hello teachers!

Could some of you please comment on that sentence:

īTeenagers are neither spending their money on useless things, nor aren īt they thinking about it. ī

Am I right in saying that the second part of this sentence is wrong because you can īt use īnor ī combined with a negative form?

Thanks for your feedback :)

15 Nov 2009      


Yes it is incorrect.  It should be .......nor are they thinking about it.

15 Nov 2009     


I think he wanted to say that teenagers do think about the way they spend their money.

I think the correct sentence ending should be īnor are they thoughtless about it ī, although that sounds a bit weird. !?

15 Nov 2009     


This might sound  a little more natural though it īs a bit long:
īTeenagers are neither spending their money on useless things, nor spending it without thinking about what they really want and/or need. ī

15 Nov 2009     


I think the correct form should be ... nor do they think about it. I personally donīt see why present continuous is used there, since the phrase should imply a rather general state.
In what regards that they do think about not spending money, I kind of doubt that.

15 Nov 2009     


Thanks for your replies! I think he meant to say that teenagers do think about it, as it was a longer essay and he argued in favour of teens getting pocket-money.

Seems like this neither-nor issue is rather complicated, I īll have to do an extra lesson on it some time soon.

15 Nov 2009