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Someone asked a question in an email addressing a group (3 people). We had to respond in the negative. I am not clear on if this sentence is grammatically correct. The response I sent was:

A, B and I have not done it.

Now, logically if I use and, it sounds incorrect because I should be using an or to represent the fact that none of us have done it. For example, if it was two people, I would probably just say:

Neither A nor I have done it.

Instead of,

A and I have not done it.

So my question is:

  1. Is there a way to write sentence 1 in the same way as sentence 2?
  2. Is sentence 1 grammatically correct?

marked as duplicate by Edwin Ashworth, Community Feb 14 '18 at 16:46

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  • How about: None of A, B nor I have done it. or Speaking for A, B and I, none of us have done it. – WS2 Feb 12 '18 at 20:05

According to the Cambridge Dictionary, "We can use neither as a conjunction with nor. It connects two or more negative alternatives."

Thus, in answer to your first question: Neither A nor B nor I have done it. Alternatively: Neither A, B nor I have done it.

As for sentence 1 being grammatically correct, yes it is (arguably clumsy) but correct.

  • The link you've provided doesn't actually explain what to do when there's more than one argument – as4s4hetic Feb 12 '18 at 23:47
  • @as4s4hetic - Sadly, this is true. – user281316 Feb 13 '18 at 0:09

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