While dragged along to Home Depot recently, I saw this sign. Then I saw several others for the same type of tile that were spelled the same. At least they were consistent (and consistency is important)!
There is some confusion over whether to use a singular or a plural verb when using the famous connectors or, either . . . or, neither . . . nor, or not only . . . but also. Here is a quick rundown that should help.
If you are connecting singular words using or, either . . . or, neither . . . nor, or not only . . . but also, the subject is singular, so you would use a singular verb.
- Either Mary or Patsy is working overtime tonight.
- Neither peanut butter nor jelly is in my cupboard.
Note that it is now also acceptable to connect more than two words using the connectors above.
- Neither paper nor toner nor a manual was included with the new printer.
If you are connecting two or more plural words using or, either . . . or, neither . . . nor, or not only . . . but also, the subject is plural, so you would use a plural verb.
- Either books or magazines are available in the doctor’s office.
- Neither beans nor noodles are in my cupboard.
When you are using a mix of singular and plural words connected with or, either . . . or, neither . . . nor, or not only . . . but also, the verb should agree with the nearer part of the subject.
- Either a diamond necklace or pearls go with that evening gown.
- Either pearls or a diamond necklace goes with that evening gown.
- Neither the boss nor the workers expect to work late.
- Neither the workers nor the boss expects to work late.
I hope this helps. Do you have a topic that continues to confuse you? Either leave a comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and watch for a future blog post trying to make that topic easier to understand.
This one was forwarded to me by my sister. Again, in my view educational institutions are held to a higher standard–even the sports programs. In fact, since all the money is going there instead of the arts, I hold them to an even higher standard!
A friend sent this to me. I’m thinking that answer is “not really”!
A friend sent this one to me. I’ve heard this term use in a derogatory manner, but I have never seen it used to sell headwear.
Nothing is misspelled here, but sometimes location makes all the difference.
My nephew sent this to me. Since I know him and read his Facebook posts, I’ll assume this isn’t HIS award, but it would certainly seem to be disheartening to those who earned an award like this.
A friend in my office found this when she was checking the rules for discovery outside of our “normal” jurisdiction on that court’s website.