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What does "neither" mean if you can't use "or" with it?

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  • It's redundant, which is important when bounding options, especially in speech. The double N of neither ... nor reinforces the logic -- it's not either ... or. Jul 14, 2020 at 20:33
  • @John Lawler Can you please explain how the redundancy is important for bounding options, or reinforces the logic? If we need "or", what meaning is "neither" meant to evince?
    – user378171
    Jul 14, 2020 at 20:47
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    Negation. It's DeMorgan's Law - Not (A Or B) is equivalent to (Not A) And (Not B). If you say a negative before an or, it's not clear what's being bounded, since parentheses aren't pronounced. So English has a double-barreled negative Neither..Nor to separate the two chunks that are conjoined and make sure they're both understood as negative. Jul 14, 2020 at 21:53
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    Wait... is this the same as your other strangely edited question? The one where you're copying all the comments into the question itself? If this is intended as a redo, you should delete the other question.
    – Mitch
    Jul 14, 2020 at 22:16
  • Does this answer your question? Isn't “nor” superfluous when preceded by “neither”?
    – Lawrence
    Jul 15, 2020 at 3:51

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