I'm having doubts about how to best put this in English, I'm torn between 3 options. Which of them are legal, and which is stylistically the best?
I want to convey that a solution does not exist for A and it does not exist for B (in logic gates terms
- A solution does not exist for either A or B
- A solution does not exist for neither A nor B
- A solution exists for neither A nor B
My feeling is that not...neither...nor (2) is a double negation corresponding to
Regarding (1): not...either...or could mean
NAND, not sure which (this English SO question suggests
XOR, meaning this would not be correct)
Only for (3) neither...nor am I sure it means
But, how do I emphasise it? I'd prefer the negation to be clear from the start, stylistically. If I start "A solution exists", it's a big change of expectation if suddenly "neither nor" arrives. It seems like there's ambiguity here between two possible uses of "does (not)", it can be used for emphasis, and it can be used for negation purposes.
The solution could be
- A solution does not exist for A or B.