Neither is correct

Neither the editor nor the writer was correct when choosing this verb on Yahoo! Finance:

neither were news

When a compound subject is joined by the correlative conjunction neither…nor, the verb must agree with the noun closer to it. In this case, that noun is Josie and the correct verb is singular, was.


2 Responses to “Neither is correct”

  1. Krumble1 Says:

    So, it really should be “Neither Abe nor Josie was a particularly experienced homebuilder — far from it.”

  2. Laura Says:

    Yes. Thanks for pointing out that you’d need to make “homebuilder” singular, too. To maintain the plural, you could rewrite it as: Abe and Josie were not particularly experienced homebuilders.

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