Nonparallel Verbs With Correlative Conjunctions
I like neither the chocolate cake nor a vanilla cake.
I like neither the chocolate cake nor the vanilla cake.
Matthew likes both Isaac Asimov and reading H.G. Wells.
As the verb reading isn’t used after both, there’s no need to use it after and. If the verb is required, move it in front of the correlative conjunctions.
Matthew likes reading both Isaac Asimov and H.G. Wells.
Just as Romeo fell in love with Juliet, so Michael loves Amy.
Just as Romeo loved Juliet, so Michael loves Amy.
This rule applies for any words or phrases that work like a correlative conjunction.
The more things change, the more they have been staying the same.
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
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