I have a sentence like this:

.. and have no students whether from the same city or others at all

Is it correct? Or would using neither as below seems better:

.. and have no students neither from the same city nor others at all

  • Doesn't this simply mean have no students? Why bother mentioning cities in the first place, if it boils down to the shorter statement? Commented Jan 1, 2019 at 20:45
  • Thanks for pointing this. Sometimes I have to put an example to maintain privacy of the actual text. This time I did not get it right. May be the corrected post now sounds better. Commented Jan 1, 2019 at 21:16
  • It doesn't matter if it's groups or cities (or anything). If there are none from the same X or any other X, it still just means there are none . . . Commented Jan 1, 2019 at 21:18
  • Note that by changing the wording in your question, you've left the single answer here slightly "stranded." People won't understand why the word city was used in the answer. Commented Jan 1, 2019 at 21:23

1 Answer 1


Use either...or:

...and have no students either from the same city or other cities.

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    You can easily use neither . . .nor if you wish. You just need to remove the initial negation so that it makes sense: and have students from neither the same city nor other cities. You could also use whether: and have no students, whether from the same city or other cities. All of them are fine, so long as the sentences are constructed appropriately around them. Commented Jan 1, 2019 at 21:20

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