Writing for Business

Jun 30 2009   2:32PM GMT

Neither/nor and verb agreement

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typing Which is correct?
Neither Microsoft nor VMware _____ that open source products pose a challenge.
a. deny
b. denies

Answer: b

Explanation: When two singular subjects are joined by or or nor, use the singular verb form.

On Seeing Indigo, Hannah Kingrey discusses issues with subject/verb agreement.

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