Correlative conjunctions: either or, neither nor, not only … but also, both…and

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Note: In all examples below, A and B are the same parts of speech.

  • A: verb => B: verb
  • A: noun => B: noun
  • A: adjective => B: adjective
  • NEITHER A NOR B: used in negative sense. The verb agrees with the noun that is closer to it.
  • Neither Kelly nor Sarah likes swimming.
  • His car is neither big nor small.
  • My grandpa neither likes nor cares about the technology.
  • EITHER A OR B: The verb agrees with the noun that is closer to it.
  • Either you or Jenny has to ask my permission for going out.
  • Either John or his parents are going to the meeting tomorrow.
  • I don’t like either badminton or tennis?
  • NOT ONLY A BUT ALSO B: The verb agrees with the noun that is closer to it.
  • Not only Tom but also Harry has got 10 on the test.
  • I not only work hard but also play hard.
  • She is interested in not only Math but also Science.
  • BOTH A AND B: verbs always take the plural forms.
  • Both Jim and Ann are coming to the party tomorrow.
  • Both Jack and his brother have passed the exam.
  • He can speak both English and Spanish.


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