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Which is correct?

  • "The book has no marks, tears, wrinkles or writing."
  • "The book has no marks, tears, wrinkles nor writing."

(I understand the use of neither/nor and either/or.) In this case, I thought the first sentence "no/or" was correct, but was told that "no/nor" was the correct usage. Can you help?

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marked as duplicate by tchrist, medica, Robusto, Edwin Ashworth, MrHen Mar 28 '14 at 20:32

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Either is acceptable, and both occur. – tchrist Mar 28 '14 at 12:39

Unless I have gotten it wrong, "The book has no marks, tears, wrinkles or writing." is right, for you have written, already, a negative conjunction; 'no'.

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You can also use nor after a negated series. It is not reserved for only two alternatives. – tchrist Mar 28 '14 at 12:47

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