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Would it be correct to say "you will not have statistical data nor anecdotal evidence to analyze"?

Should the "nor" be an "or"? Does the "not have" function somewhat like a "neither"?

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  • I think there's an implied "either" in there. That is "you will not have either statistical data or anecdotal evidence." But I'm not altogether confident.
    – puppetsock
    Aug 5, 2020 at 23:53
  • The use of to analyze at the end is unusual with nor in the context of the sentence. I would more commonly expect it to be one of the following instead: (1) You will not have statistical data nor anecdotal evidence. (2) You will have neither statistical data nor anecdotal evidence to analyze. The sentence exactly as written in the question is an unusual mix of the two. Aug 6, 2020 at 0:45
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    It would be perfectly idiomatic to say "you will not have statistical data nor will you have anecdotal evidence to analyze".
    – Hot Licks
    Aug 6, 2020 at 1:25

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According to The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language p1309,

Nor appears as a coordinator paired correlatively with neither, or non-correlatively as a variant of or in negative contexts.

As this is clearly a negative context, the use of nor is prefectly acceptable.

Examples of this usage may be found in quality writing:

Ultimately, I saw a system that often does not have the time nor the inclination to care about the kids inside it. (Teaching doesn't count; Sachar, E;Washington Monthly;1990 (Sep))

The reason the CPA firm was willing to let the clients go was that the firm at the time did not have the capability nor the desire to serve small- to mid-sized clients that needed help in software selection, set up, maintenance, and training. (Growing a Nontraditional Accounting Firm: Warren and Associates; Bagranoff, Nancy; Turner, Leslie; Journal of Information Systems; 2004 (Fall))

People who suffer from this kind of political and social upheaval do not have the time nor the enthusiasm to admire their artists. ( Mario Bencastro on the character of words; Mujica, B; Rascon, S.G.;Americas; Vol. 43 Issue 4, p24; 1991)

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