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Which sentence should be correct?

I am neither robber nor police.
Neither I am robber nor police.

I often saw ( neither....nor) is sometimes used in the middle of sentences and sometimes it is used out of sentences as I added two examples here.

Would you like to tell me the reason behind this problem place?

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  • Neither is that the only possibility: there are others. Nor shall I list them all here.
    – tchrist
    Sep 27 '15 at 1:52
  • You might find this web lesson to be helpful.
    – J.R.
    Sep 27 '15 at 2:11
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The first sentence "I am neither robber nor police." is the correct form, but the way that I would say it is" "I am neither a robber nor the police."

The problem with the second sentence is that the verb is out of place. A Neither/Nor phrases represents two possible ways to end a sentence: "I am not a robber." and "I am not the police.", but then combines them into the same sentence.

Using an Either/Or or Neither/Nor phrase is a way of combining two different sentences into one. This sentence combines "I am not a robber." with "I am not the police.". The combined sentence now has one beginning: "I am not..." and two endings: "...a robber." and "...the police.".

Either/Or lets you have two endings to the same sentence, and so it becomes: "I am not either a robber or the police." This sounds awkward to our ears which is why we have Neither/Nor for negatives. The "not" distributes over the either and the or and we get neither and nor and thus:

"I am neither a robber nor the police."

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