After reading the comments and answer for this post, I have realized that the best (and/or maybe the only) way to master elliptical structure is seeing and examining more examples in this subject.
As we know, we can combine two independent sentences with the conjunction and; they can be negative, for example:
Peter did not write David, and David did not write Peter.
(Although the construction of the example is cumbersome, it is grammatically correct.)
So, getting an elliptical structure, I expected the following typical example to be correct:
Peter did not write David, and David did not write John.
(Please note that the elided words are indicated with subscripts.)
But, I have read somewhere that such typical examples are not acceptable; in fact,
- if the first clause is negative, the second conjunct has to be introduced by nor rather than and.
So the correct form must be
Peter did not write David, nor David did not write Peter.
Can any one explain to me whether the mentioned rule is globally acceptable in formal writing or not?