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British English: /ˈnʌɪðə/
, /ˈniːðə/
American English: /ˈniðər/
, /ˈnaɪðər/
When used as co-ordinating conjunctions neither…nor are translated by ni…ni: she speaks neither English nor French = elle ne parle ni anglais ni français; he is neither intelligent nor kind = il n'est ni intelligent ni gentil; neither tea, nor milk = ni (le) thé, ni (le) lait. Note that the preceding verb is negated by ne.For examples and further uses see the entry neither 1 1.When used as a conjunction to show agreement or similarity with a negative statement, neither is translated by non plus: ‘I don't like him’—‘neither do I’ = ‘je ne l'aime pas’—‘moi non plus’; ‘he's not Spanish’—‘neither is John’ = ‘il n'est pas espagnol’—‘John non plus’; ‘I can't sleep’—‘neither can I ’ = ‘je n'arrive pas à dormir’—‘moi non plus’.When used to give additional information to a negative statement neither can often be translated by non plus preceded by a negative verb: she hasn't written, neither has she telephoned = elle n'a pas écrit, et elle n'a pas téléphoné non plus; I don't wish to insult you, but neither do I wish to lose money = je ne veux pas vous offenser, mais je ne souhaite pas non plus perdre de l'argent.For examples and further uses see the entry neither 1 2.

Translation of neither in French:


  • 1 (not either)
    I have neither the time nor the money
    je n'ai ni le temps ni l'argent
    I've seen neither him nor her
    je ne les ai vus ni l'un ni l'autre
  • 2 (nor) he doesn't have the time, neither does he have the money
    il n'a pas le temps, et il n'a pas l'argent non plus
    you don't have to tell him, neither should you
    tu n'es pas obligé de le lui dire, tu ferais même mieux d'éviter


  • aucun des deux
    neither book is suitable
    aucun des deux livres ne convient
    neither girl replied
    aucune des deux filles n'a répondu


  • ni l'un/-e, ni l'autre m/f
    neither of them came
    ni l'un ni l'autre n'est venu, ils ne sont venus ni l'un ni l'autre
    ‘which one is responsible?’—‘neither’
    ‘lequel des deux est responsable?’—‘ni l'un ni l'autre’
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