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? – Jason Bassford Jan 1 '19 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. – user9371654 Jan 1 '19 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 . . . – Jason Bassford Jan 1 '19 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. – Jason Bassford Jan 1 '19 at 21:23

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. – Jason Bassford Jan 1 '19 at 21:20

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