Either/Or, Neither/Nor, and Both/And

This video covers how to use either/or, neither/nor, and both/and. How do these word pairs change the meaning of a sentence? Do we use singular or plural verbs?

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both and either or and neither nor are always to

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describe in one sense what many subjects are for aren't

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doing Each of these phrases leaves two spaces for subjects

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both blank and blank either blank or blink neither blank

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nor bling Plus each of those blanks Those subjects can

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be singular or plural It's a both lenny and the

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spider to singular subjects either lenny or two hundred newborn

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baby spiders One singular subject one plural Neither lenny's parents

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nor lenny's friends Two pleural subject here We did that

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So now there's Only one thing left to deal with

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grammar wise that is lenny's on his own Do we

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say either the baby spiders or lenny is goingto win

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or are going to win The rule is way simple

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for both and phrases Your verb is always going to

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be plural for either or and neither nor phrases your

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verb is going to correspond to the subject closest to

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the verb that second blank If it's singular your verb

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is singular If it's plural your verbs plural simple so

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let's take that sentence from earlier and try again If

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it's either lenny or two hundred newborn baby spiders then

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the verb is are goingto win because the second subject

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spiders is plural But if it's either two hundred newborn

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baby spiders or lenny then it is going to win

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because the second subject lenny is singular Although he's really

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trying to put himself out there if you know what

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i mean go math Dot com try jay dated Same

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goes for neither nor it can be Neither lenny nor

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lenny's parents are ever going to enter that bathroom again

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or neither lenny's parents nor lenny is ever going to

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enter that bathroom again And finally both and is the

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easiest plural subject Singular subject Whatever The verb is always

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going to be plural like this Both lenny and the

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spider cingular's weren't able to find common ground and that's

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The story of why lenny's entire family didn't shower for

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six months And and sorry guys will send you some 00:02:54.08 --> [endTime] right guard