When used as coordinating conjunctions neither… nor are translated by né… né, although the first né may be omitted: she speaks neither English nor French = lei non parla (né) inglese né francese; he is neither intelligent nor kind = non è (né) intelligente né gentile; neither lemon, nor milk = né limone né latte. Note that the preceding verb is negated by non in Italian. - When used as a conjunction to show agreement or similarity with a negative statement, neither is translated by nemmeno or neanche: “I don't like him” - “neither do I” = “a me non piace” - “nemmeno a me”; “he's not Spanish” - “neither is John” = “non è spagnolo” - “neanche John”; “I can't sleep” - “neither can I” = “non riesco a dormire” - “nemmeno io”. - When used to give additional information to a negative statement, neither can often be translated by (e) nemmeno or (e) neanche preceded by a negative verb: she hasn't written, neither has she telephoned = non ha scritto, e nemmeno ha telefonato; I don't wish to insult you, but neither do I wish to lose my money = non voglio offenderti, ma neanche voglio perdere i miei soldi. - For examples and further uses, see the entry below.
- 1 (not either) See examples:I have neither the time nor the money I've seen neither him nor hernon ho visto né lui né lei
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