Around the age of 4-5 years of age, typically developing children start to understand and use “neither…nor” sentences. “Nor” is a compound conjunction used to create conjoined sentences. “Neither” is used before the first – and “nor” is used before the second (or additional) – alternative or option to show that they are both untrue or both did not happen. For example:
“The cat drank neither orange juice nor Coke.”
The use of neither/nor shows that the cat does drink:
- orange juice; or
In other words, it would be to say that the cat drinks orange juice. It would also be to say that the cat drinks Coke. (The cat probably drinks milk instead.)
“Neither…nor” sentences are notoriously tricky for many people to learn, including people learning English as a second language and people with developmental language disorders.
This no-preparation sentence builder pack is designed to give people structured, concentrated practice of the sentence form. Supported by pictures and orthography, these sentence scaffolds are designed to help people of all ages who need to practice “neither…nor” sentences.