Niether vs. Neither — What's the Difference?
By Tayyaba Rehman — Updated on September 22, 2023
"Niether" is an incorrect spelling, while "Neither" is correct. Neither denotes the absence of two options or alternatives.
Difference Between Niether and Neither
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Which is correct: Niether or Neither
How to spell Neither?
Remember the phrase "I before E except after C" - in this case, "I" comes before "E" in "Neither".
Link "Neither" to similar words like "either" to help remember the correct spelling.
Visualize the word "Neither" and its meaning as not one or the other.
Practice writing the word "Neither" a few times to commit the correct spelling to muscle memory.
Associate the word with a common phrase or song, like "neither here nor there."
Compare with Definitions
Niether is an incorrect spelling of Neither.
Referring to two things, to introduce the first of two negative statements.
Neither Mary nor John was present.
Not the one or the other of two people or things.
There were two games, but he liked neither.
Used to introduce a further negative statement.
It's neither big nor clever.
Used to indicate that two options are equally undesirable.
I want neither the chocolate nor the vanilla.
Used in negatives to state that each of two things is not true.
Neither statement is accurate.
Not one or the other; not either
Neither shoe feels comfortable.
Not either; not in either case. Used with the correlative conjunction nor
Neither we nor they want it. She neither called nor wrote. I got neither the gift nor the card.
If he won't go, neither will she.
Similarly not; also not
Just as you would not, so neither would they.
Not one of two; not either.
Neither definition seems correct.
Not either (used with nor).
Neither you nor I like it.
Not either one of two.
I’ve tried on both shirts, but neither fits properly.
Just as you would not correct it, neither would I.
Neither can she stop him, nor can he stop her.
Neither now, nor ever will he forsake his mother.
Not either; not the one or the other.
Which of them shall I take?Both? one? or neither? Neither can be enjoyed,If both remain alive.
He neither loves,Nor either cares for him.
Not either; generally used to introduce the first of two or more coördinate clauses of which those that follow begin with nor.
Fight neither with small nor great, save only with the king.
Hadst thou been firm and fixed in thy dissent,Neither had I transgressed, nor thou with me.
When she put it on, she made me vowThat I should neither sell, nor give, nor lose it.
After a negative statement used to indicate that the next statement is similarly negative;
I was not happy and neither were they
Just as you would not complain, neither should he
What is the root word of Neither?
The root word is Old English "nāhwæther."
Which vowel is used before Neither?
There is no fixed vowel used before "Neither." It depends on the sentence's context.
Which preposition is used with Neither?
"Of" as in "neither of them."
Which conjunction is used with Neither?
"Nor" is typically paired with "Neither."
What is the verb form of Neither?
Neither is not a verb, so it doesn't have a verb form.
Is Neither an adverb?
No, "Neither" is not an adverb.
What is the pronunciation of Neither?
It can be pronounced as "NEE-ther" or "NYE-ther."
Is Neither an abstract noun?
No, "Neither" is not an abstract noun.
Why is it called Neither?
It derives from Old English "nāhwæther," which means "not either."
Which article is used with Neither?
No article is used with "Neither."
Is Neither a negative or positive word?
"Neither" is a negative word.
Is Neither a vowel or consonant?
"Neither" is a word, not a single letter, so it's not classified as a vowel or consonant.
Is the word Neither imperative?
No, "Neither" is not imperative.
What is the singular form of Neither?
"Neither" is inherently singular.
What is the plural form of Neither?
Neither doesn’t have a plural form.
Is Neither a noun or adjective?
"Neither" can function as a pronoun or an adjective.
What is the second form of Neither?
Neither doesn't have verb forms, so there's no second form.
Is the Neither term a metaphor?
No, "Neither" is not a metaphor.
How many syllables are in Neither?
There are two syllables in "Neither."
What is a stressed syllable in Neither?
Depending on pronunciation, the stress can be on the first syllable "NEI-" or on the entire word.
What is the opposite of Neither?
The opposite is "Both."
How is Neither used in a sentence?
Example: "Neither the movie nor the book appealed to him."
Is Neither a countable noun?
No, "Neither" is not a countable noun.
Is Neither a collective noun?
No, "Neither" is not a collective noun.
What part of speech is Neither?
"Neither" is a pronoun or an adjective.
What is another term for Neither?
A similar term could be "not either."
How do we divide Neither into syllables?
It's divided as Nei-ther.
Which determiner is used with Neither?
No specific determiner is typically used with "Neither."
What is the first form of Neither?
Neither doesn't have verb forms. Its primary form is "Neither."
What is the third form of Neither?
Neither doesn't have verb forms, so there's no third form.
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