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I will be afraid of neither rain nor of snow

I will be afraid neither of rain nor of snow.

I will be afraid of neither rain nor snow.

What is the correct usage?

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    All three are acceptable. Feb 1, 2020 at 10:40
  • @MichaelHarvey Do you have any reference why all of them are acceptable? The 3-rd one sounds good but the other 2 - not so much. I don't think of before snow is needed.
    – Anatolii
    Feb 1, 2020 at 12:48
  • 'Of' before snow is not needed, and can be omitted, but it is correct if used, and we can use repetition to add emphasis or rhythm. I am afraid neither of men, nor of women, nor of wild beasts, nor of tempests on the ocean. Multiple 'nors' after 'neither' are grammatical, by the way. Feb 1, 2020 at 13:27

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I think 2 and 3 are fine, but 1 is not, because when you say

I will be afraid of neither...

two options are expected. You then present us with options

A) ... rain.
B)... of snow.

That second of is off (pun intended).

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    Do you want to rebuke Matthew Arnold? "Ah, love, let us be true To one another! for the world, which seems To lie before us like a land of dreams, So various, so beautiful, so new, Hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light, Nor certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain; Feb 1, 2020 at 13:21
  • Or Kipling? "But there is neither East nor West, Border, nor Breed, nor Birth, When two strong men stand face to face, though they come from the ends of the earth!" Feb 1, 2020 at 13:25
  • "That second of is off (pun intended)." - nonsense, Feb 1, 2020 at 21:39
  • But it was such a good pun... :( Feb 2, 2020 at 16:03
  • @MichaelHarvey Your examples seem to be hitting more than two items rather than the "of" in the second one. Maybe "neither of rain nor of snow."
    – puppetsock
    Mar 4, 2020 at 19:23
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All three are acceptable.

The third is probably preferred, but 1 and 2 are also correct.

The style is rather formal, and the use of "I will" (rather than I'll) expresses "determination" rather than a simple prediction of the future. And generally rain and snow are not considered scary, so the meaning is rather odd.

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