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Like the title may already suggest, I am wondering if "so" or "nor" would be right in place for refering that something is (not) like stated in the main sentence. What do you think?

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I'd say never, never use this construction. Whether you use so or nor, it remains not only incomprehensible but misleading to the average English reader. –  Kris Feb 13 '12 at 10:54
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Nothing lasts forever, and neither do we. –  Peter Shor Feb 13 '12 at 12:13
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I Am America (And So Can You!) –  Robusto Feb 13 '12 at 14:02
    
@Peter Shor: Even neither seems a bit odd to me, since if nothing lasts forever, by implication everything is ephemeral. I don't think you can say "Everything has property X, and so does [something which by implication wasn't included in that preceding everything]" –  FumbleFingers Feb 13 '12 at 16:36
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Both alternatives are actually possible, depending on what you want to say. The sentence is ambiguous and therefore it's very difficult to tell what you're going after.

If you say:

Nothing lasts forever and so do we.

You mean:

Nothing lasts forever and we also last forever => We are immortal.

If you say:

Nothing lasts forever and neither do we.

You mean:

Nothing lasts forever and we don't last forever => We will die one day.

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Thank you for pointing this out, now I see. –  Shrooms Feb 13 '12 at 10:17
    
I just hope others are going to agree with me, because this is a very tough situation you've proposed. You should probably un-accept my answer and wait for others to up-vote or down-vote or propose their ideas. –  RiMMER Feb 13 '12 at 10:25
    
@DavidWallace: well, this is a confusing situation and I don't mean to argue, because now I'm even more confused than ever. Do you think that "nothing does ..." should be followed by "nor do ..." to continue expressing the negativity? –  RiMMER Feb 13 '12 at 10:32
    
Diamonds last forever and so do we? Neither we nor anything else lasts forever –  mplungjan Feb 13 '12 at 10:47
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No, this is wrong. You can't use "so do we" after nothing, for either meaning. I think what you want is "nothing lasts forever and neither do we." –  Peter Shor Feb 13 '12 at 12:12
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"Nothing lasts forever and so do we." would mean Nothing and we last forever which might make sense if the we here is immortal. Maybe if you had a god say it.

Reminds me of the joke:
Villain: Nobody can stop me!
Loser guy turned hero: I am nobody.

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