Can we use "not either" instead of "neither"?
For example, given that…
- I don't like football
- I don't like basketball
… which of the following are correct?
A. I like neither football nor basketball.
B. I don't like either football or basketball.
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Both sound acceptable to me. A is a textbook neither…nor construction. B is just another way of stating "I don't like either sport", which is allowable.
Sentences A and B have slightly different connotations, though, due to the verb being affirmative in A and negative in B. If I had to guess at a likely continuation for each sentence, I would say…
I like neither football nor basketball. (Well then, what do you like?) Actually, I prefer hockey.
I don't like either football or basketball. (Tell me more about your dislike, then.) In fact, I'm not a fan of heavily commercialized team sports at all.