I know you can use "neither" in the next sentence if the previous one has a negation (e.g. don't, can't, etc.). I'm not sure about "never."

Example sentence:

Your friendships never went beyond acquaintances. Neither could you find romance.

  • Never is equivalent to a negation. Commented Jan 20, 2022 at 17:03

1 Answer 1


The usage here is understandable (and perhaps reasonable, in casual contexts), but not strictly correct. The problem isn't so much in the words "neither" or "never," but in the lack of parallel construction. The second sentence is expecting the first to have another use of "could," like:

You never could develop your acquaintances into friendships; neither could you find romance.

The need for parallel verb is mostly about this particular construction. This is fine:

Your friendships never went beyond acquaintances. You couldn't find romance, either.

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .