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I have a sentence:

I do not ride a bike (neither/nor ride I a horse)

What is the correct word here and why?

EDIT: I would like to keep the form of the sentence, I mean the brackets.

I do not ride a bike (neither I ride a horse)

Is this correct?

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I don't ride a bike nor do I ride a horse. –  shachna Jun 27 '12 at 6:33

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You already have a negative in not, so a second one isn’t necessary. That means you can say I don’t ride a bike or a horse. For emphasis, you could say I ride neither a bike nor a horse. In practice, it all depends on the context. In speech, for example, a native speaker would be more likely to say something like I don’t ride a bike and I don’t ride a horse either.

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If you want to keep that structure, it needs to be

I do not ride a bike. Neither/nor do I ride a horse

with that inversion (do I). The inversion makes it slightly literary in tone, but is required if you begin the sentence or clause with neither or nor.

Neither and nor are both acceptable here. Neither is perhaps a little stronger, but if there are differences they are extremely subtle.

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I ride neither a bike nor a horse.

or

I do not ride a bike, nor a horse.

Both sentences are definitely correct.

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