"He didn’t give me a date nor location."

Shouldn't it be, "He didn't give me a date or location"?

Of course, she could've written, "He gave me neither a date nor a location."

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    He gave me neither a date nor a location is grammatical but too formal for most situations. He didn't give me a date or location is also grammatical and is in everyday language. My schoolteacher would have said he didn't give me a date nor location is wrong because it contains a double negative, and would have insisted on changing nor to or or putting it in a separate clause so that location is not negated by didn't, which would give he didn't give me a date, nor [did he give me] a location. Even so, you will often see nor used this way. – Minty Mar 21 at 17:56
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    Agree. I think the person was trying to sound smart. Thanks! – ElG Mar 21 at 18:03
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    Disagree that neither ... nor is 'too formal' or said by people wishing to 'sound smart'. Where I come from (Britain) 'neither ... or' and 'neither ... nor' have equal status. – Michael Harvey Mar 21 at 19:28
  • She was trying to sound smart by using the term, but neglecting to use it properly. (Double-negative that Minty mentioned.) I liken it to when people use the word "whom" improperly-- they're trying to sound smart. – ElG Mar 26 at 14:05

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