Is "I have neither." a sentence fragment?




Do you have a black or dark blue dress?

I have neither.


Would "I have neither." be a whole sentence, or a sentence fragment?  

asked Sep 06 '13 at 22:25 Songibrd New member

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Ok, here is the issue with your problem.


Some people will think that neither should be used as an adjective to answer the question:

"I have neither a black nor a dark blue dress."

In the above sentence, the object is the dress and "neither" is just an adjective, so some people are fooled into thinking you can't have an adjective function as your DO.


However, since you are using "neither" in response to a question which already established the object, you could have responded like this:

"I have neither of them."  In this case, Neither is a pronoun and is actually the object itself and "of them" is a clarifying prepositional phrase.

Since both parties already know what "neither" is referencing, the clarification is unnecessary and "of them" can be dropped.


Long story short:

Under the constraints of your quote, "I have neither." is an acceptable response.

link edited Jan 16 '14 at 23:40 Aaron Prejean Expert

Thank you so much! I was so sure that it was a fragment, but, you've explained it well. I understand now.I forgot that I asked this question- sorry it took so long to get back to you! :-)

SongibrdSep 13 '13 at 03:17

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