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A• Secession is the solution, neither election nor restructuring.

B• Secession is the solution, not election nor restructuring.

Please, which of the above is correct?

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Sentence A is incorrect, sentence B is slightly off.

Nathan M is correct that "Neither X nor Y" and "Not X nor Y" are both legitimate structures. However, the sentence you present has a more dominant structure: "X is the solution, not Y". "Neither" is never the right word in this structure.

The slight error in B is more nuanced. As I said before, "Not X nor Y" is a legitimate construction, but only as distinct phrase. On its own "X nor Y" isn't sensible, and the "not" in the sentence is a separate conjunction. The correct form of the sentence is "Secession is the solution, not election or restructuring."

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Nor is “used before the second or further of two or more alternatives (the first being introduced by a negative such as “neither” or “not”) to indicate that they are each untrue or each do not happen.” Both neither and not are negatives, so they’re both legitimate structures.

Quoted material is Oxford Dictionary’s definition for “nor.”

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  • Both are correct? Tell me what A means.
    – Unrelated
    Jul 19, 2018 at 20:34

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