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Tip 1: Either/or or Neither/nor

What do you do when you have either/or or neither/nor in your sentence?

When subjects in a sentence are joined by “either-or” or “neither-nor,”
Choose the subject that is closest to the verb and make it agree!

Example 1: Either the manager or the engineers (is, are) going to be fired.
“Engineers,” which is closest to the verb, determines which verb to choose.

Answer: Either the manager or the engineers are going to be fired.

Example 2: Neither the engineers nor the manager (is, are) going to be fired.
“Manager,” which is closest to the verb, determines which verb to choose.

Answer: Neither the engineers nor the manager is going to be fired.

Note: Let’s hope that no one is going to be fired.