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Is this sentence written with correct grammer?

 

Neither the boss or I know whether they have perjured themselves. 

asked Jun 06 '13 at 01:13 DeEtte Howell New member

The correct way would be: Neither the boss nor I know whether they have perjured themselves. If you say "neither", then "nor" must be used. The same goes for "either" and "or".

Rebecca MyersJun 06 '13 at 12:22

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It's neither/nor and either/or.  They have to go in those pairs.  And grammar is not spelled with an e.

link comment answered Jun 06 '13 at 04:05 Mary New member
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This sentence is incorrect. The paired conjunction is 'neither...nor', so the 'or' has to change to 'nor'.

link comment answered Jun 06 '13 at 01:36 Ahmad Barnard Expert
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I would say, "If they have perjured themselves, the boss and I are unaware." It eliminates the ambiguity of who has committed the perjury, and  reads better. As a general rule of thumb, if you cannot avoid using a negative word (neither), at least use a strong one.

link comment answered Jun 06 '13 at 06:39 TyJBrown13 New member
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DeEtte,

I would also add that you should change 'whether they have..." to "...whether WE have..."

link answered Jun 06 '13 at 04:11 Phil Kimmins New member

That is only true if "they" is referring to the writer and the boss. I assumed that "they" refers to other people.

Patty TJun 06 '13 at 04:27

And if the question is whether or not the boss and you perjured yourselves, then it would also need to change to "ourselves": Neither the boss nor I know whether we have perjured ourselves.

Guida BrownJun 06 '13 at 04:29

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The boss nor I know whether we have perjured ourselves.

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Neither the boss nor I know whether we have perjured ourselves.

 

(Grammar*)

link comment answered Jun 06 '13 at 04:33 Taffy New member
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Neither the boss nor I know whether we  perjured ourselves.

 

You can't use "themselves" because boss/I are subjects, so you have to use the equivalent pronoun.  

 

Depending on what the sentence before and after are saying, I'd try and recast the sentence completely..."My boss and I wondered whether we perjured ourselves" or "Could my boss and I have committed perjury, without realizing it?"  or....

link edited Jun 13 '13 at 18:09 Diana New member

But be careful on your spelling of perjury/perjured.

Guida BrownJun 06 '13 at 05:20

Thanks, Guida...should have proofread my own response :-)

DianaJun 13 '13 at 18:09

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This sentence is incorrect. It should have been written like this "Neither of boss nor I know whether they have perjured themselves."

link answered Jun 06 '13 at 04:22 Jozsef Orosz New member

Not "neither of boss"

KatejoJun 08 '13 at 21:47

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