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Is this sentence grammatically correct? MS word has me taking out the word "that". Also, is this sentence correct: Without it, neither Paul Christopher, Jared James nor I can become the men of faith God desires."

My Pastor is trying to use the word "nor" without "neither" in this sentence. I put the word "neither" in. Which way is correct? MS Word tells me the use of neither and nor in the case is wrong. Should I be relying on MS Word for grammar correction?

See example:

"Thank you Cynthia for the beautiful selfless life that you so freely give.
asked Jun 21 '13 at 12:10 Kim Handley New member

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Your example sentence is correct with or without "that".  (It is more poetic without and more formal with "that".)

Using "Neither ... nor" where there are more than two options is generally OK.

You would not usually "nor" unless preceded by "neither" unless you were talking about Boolean logic - EG "a nor gate" or "a nor operator".

link comment answered Jun 21 '13 at 13:39 Simon Jones Contributor
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There are instances when nor can be used without neither.  Your sentence is not one of those times, but here is an example.

 

I cannot tolerate that noise you call music.  Nor do I care for your taste in clothes.

 

In your case, you need neither before Paul.  You also need another nor before Jared.  Since you are talking about one at a time (nor is like or, not like and), I think you need to change to a man of faith instead of men of faith. 

 

Without it, neither Paul Christopher, nor Jared James, nor I can become a man of faith as God desires. 

 

An alternative removing neither/nor and keeping men:

 

Without it, Paul Christopher, Jared James, and I cannot become the men of faith that God desires.

link comment answered Jun 22 '13 at 05:44 Patty T Grammarly Fellow
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Just one more additional point about your original sentence: "Without it, neither Paul Christopher, Jared James nor I can become the men of faith God desires." There should be a comma after "James." I know this is not being done too much these days, but it is still needed. Here is the best example of this: "I would like to thank my parents, God and Elvis." Without the comma after the word "God" it appears like you are saying your parents are God and Elvis. This is the way it should read: "I would like to thank my parents, God, and Elvis." Here is the way your sentance should read: "Without it, neither Paul Christopher, nor Jared James, nor I can become the man of faith God desires."

link comment answered Aug 11 '13 at 20:36 Aaron Klapheck New member

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