Concord of Proximity

Concord of proximity

The rule here says when a subject of a sentence is initiated by ‘either…or, ‘neither…nor, ‘not only…but’ only the noun after the correlative conjunction, that is, the one closer to the main verb is considered to determine the status of the verb.

For instance

  • Neither the vice principal nor the teachers honour the principal.
  • Neither the teachers nor the vice principal honours the principal.
  • Either the main man or I am supposed to anchor the event.
  • Not only the king but his subjects swear to the gods of the land.
  • Not only the people of the land but also the priest defies the tradition.

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