Is this sentence correct?

He gave them no money nor did he help them.

I know neither nor is followed by the same auxiliary verb. But, is this also true to the sentences which uses nor without neither?


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This is good question.

Okay, the sentence structure seems incorrect.

Whilst neither...nor is quite a popular format, nor without neither is to be used cautiously.

Using nor alone refers to and..not or or not. I don't smoke. Nor do I drink.

From the Guardian:

Google alone cannot, and should not, bear this burden. It is a company, not a human rights organisation. Nor is it a state.

Having this said, your sentence can be rephrased as (one of the ways):

He did not give them money. Nor did he help them.

Further reading here.

  • I don't see why the rephrasing is needed. For example, "Mithrandir never spoke to us of what was to be, nor did he reveal his purposes." --Lord of the Rings. Commented May 3, 2014 at 8:55
  • @DamkerngT. I said one of the ways and I rephrased it to make OP understand and match with the standard examples I gave.
    – Maulik V
    Commented May 3, 2014 at 8:58

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