neither the oysters nor the fish

sue

Kwiziq community member

9 April 2017

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neither the oysters nor the fish

In the lesson it says to omit the article unless talking abot general things in which case you would keep the article. ok. But then the discussion below suggests that the article is kept for specific item ie these specific oysters and not oysters in general. I am confused please clarify further.thank you

This relates to:
Ne ... ni ... ni = Neither ... nor (negation) -

Ron

Kwiziq community member

10 April 2017

10/04/17

ni l'un ni l'autre, This appears to be a situational response. If you are discussing with friends likes and dislikes about seafood, then ni les huitres ni le poisson; however, if in a restaurant and one is given a choice of specific dishes, then ni huitres ni poisson.

sue

Kwiziq community member

11 April 2017

11/04/17

This is what I figured but is not the impression given from the discussion following the lesson

Ron

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11 April 2017

11/04/17

At times, it is difficult to fully understand a lesson on line and I find Laura's lessons quite useful and easy to understand. However, when I become stumped, I try other sites and here is one that I learned of through a French teacher of mine several years ago: http://laits.utexas.edu/tex/gr/neg4.html Perhaps that will be beneficial for you. Bonne chance!

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