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The parent requested a copy of the minutes from the Discipline Committee meeting. However, Discipline Committee meetings, nor Discipline Appeal meetings, are formally recorded in any manner.

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closed as off topic by RiMMER, FumbleFingers, Andrew Leach, MετάEd, Matt Эллен Feb 6 '13 at 19:54

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It's General Reference that "nor" in the second sentence requires "neither", which is missing. –  FumbleFingers Feb 6 '13 at 18:52
    
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The 2nd sentence is awkward at best. Here's a smoother version:

Neither the Discipline Committee meetings nor the Discipline Appeal meetings are formally recorded in any manner.

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No "at best" about it. I'm grammatically tolerant, but OP's sentence isn't "awkward" - it's simply wrong. –  FumbleFingers Feb 6 '13 at 18:54
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@FumbleFingers - or it can be restated as "Discipline Committee meetings and Discipline Appeal meetings are not formally recorded in any manner." –  Kristina Lopez Feb 6 '13 at 18:58
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There must be various ways it can be validly rephrased, and doubtless some of those could be described as "awkward". But as it stands we're not dealing with a question that could really interest linguists, etymologists, and (serious) English language enthusiasts, unless there's some reason why speakers of OP's native language have particular difficulty with constructions like neither/nor. In which case it would probably be Off Topic anyway, and should be on linguists.SE. –  FumbleFingers Feb 6 '13 at 19:05
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Nor requires some preceding negative trigger. Neither is the prototype, but any strong negative will do. –  John Lawler Feb 6 '13 at 19:30
    
@JohnLawler has it exactly right. "Discipline Committee meetings are not formally recorded in any manner, nor are Discipline Appeal meetings" will work. But the not has to come before the nor. –  StoneyB Feb 6 '13 at 22:08

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