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Neither of them knows Do either of you speak swedish?

Neither of them knows Do either of you speak swedish?

Question by covadonga pintado

I have seen in this page this two sentences:Neither of them knows Do either of you speak swedish?I don’t understand why the verb is in singular in the first sentence and in plural in the second one.Can you explain it to me. Thanks in advance.

Hello Covadonga,

This is a good question.

With neither, both a singular or plural verb is acceptable, though most sources tell you that singular is preferable.  You will see: neither of them is / neither of them are

In the question, it is like in most other cases: the verb is not in third person singular.  Does she live here? (Not ‘lives’) Do either of you go to the gym?

I hope this answers your question.

22/02/2016