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    very quick question

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by erebh, Apr 9, 2013.

    "I haven't the time nor the energy".

    Because the speaker is using a double negatibe, is "nor" correct here? MS word is giving me a little green squiggle underneath. Is it American English because as far as I remember from school I would use "or" in a sentence such as "Are you a City or United fan?"
     
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    Comma be tween Time, and Nor.

    However, it's better as: I haven't the time, nor energy.
     
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    is that why I'm getting the squiggle? When I click on suggestions i get "or" ?

    thank you Nee - that was bugging me
     
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    If you right click on the green, it will tell you why it's flagged.
     
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    I haven't the time or the energy.
    I have neither the time nor the energy.
    I don't have the time or the energy.
    I don't have either the time or the energy.

    Don't overthink it.
     
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    Not always.

    While it sounds like it should be 'nor' it actually should be 'or' because you don't have 'neither' in the sentence.

    I think of it as 'and', not sure if that helps or not. It's not this and it's not that. It's not this or that.

    It's neither this nor that.

    Either - or
    Neither - nor
     
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    Thank you - I know it was simple but it really bugged me.
     
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    (As you're in France.) It's the same construction in French - Ni... ni... Ni l'un ni l'autre. Neither one nor the other.
     
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    and it's not a double negative... it's saying:

    i do not have the time
    and
    i do not have the energy

    neither one is a double negative...
     
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    Applause :)
     
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    Agree with this 100%.

    Also, Microsoft Word isn't always correct. Don't get too hung up on the green-things in your manuscript.
     
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    neither /nor

    I think it would be better to use 'I have neither the time nor the energy'. It is usually either/or and neither/nor. I do not think you would use 'nor' without 'neither'. Also, is it reported speech? I try to avoid contractions unless it is in dialogue.
     

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