English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

There are more Google matches for the first sentence, but the last one sounds better to me. Which one is correct?

share|improve this question
I agree with Google. "a isn't bad, and b isn't bad either" sounds fine to me but making it neither doesn't work. – Ross Millikan Nov 16 '11 at 5:10
up vote 10 down vote accepted

Don't use no double negatives, as a general case. While the use of "not bad, either" is a bit on the informal side, in order to maintain proper logical sense, if you wish to use "neither", you must not use "not."


The food was good. The drink was also good.


The food was good; the drink was not bad, either.


Neither the food nor the drink was bad.

share|improve this answer
There is also pretty good related discussion in this site: englishforums.com/English/IsStatementNeitherRight/vpzll/… – Jader Dias Oct 19 '10 at 17:00
++Brownie points for the humor in "Don't use no double negatives." – Andy Jan 25 '11 at 19:05

Is this Correct? "It is not bad, but it is not good either"

share|improve this answer
Please don't use answer boxes to ask new (or related o follow-up) questions. If you have a new question, ask it through the 'Ask Question' link above; at this site, answer boxes are reserved for attempts to answer the question(s) originally posted on a page. Thanks! – Sven Yargs 7 hours ago
If you have a new question, please ask it by clicking the Ask Question button. Include a link to this question if it helps provide context. - From Review – rand al'thor 4 hours ago

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.