Neither vs. Nither

It's possible to never encounter 'nither' in the daily English context. But, if you want to know the difference between them, let us start as soon as possible.

"Neither" vs. "Nither" in the English Grammar

What Are Their Main differences?

Despite being rare to see 'nither' in standard English, it is good to know its meaning. If we do not consider 'nither' as a misspelling for the term 'neither', both words have their own special meanings.


Grammatical Functions

  • 'Neither':
  1. determiner
  2. pronoun
  3. adverb
  4. conjunction

'Neither' as a determiner, is used before singular nouns to mean none of the two. As a pronoun, it is used alone with no nouns afterwards and it comes straight before the verb. As an adverb, it is used to agree with a positive sentence which was mentioned before. When it is a conjunction, it is usually followed by nor.

Neither boy loved Georgia as much as Alex did.

Neither book was fantasy so I stopped reading them.

  • 'Nither':

is not common in the English language. But it can have different meanings in the Scottish language as follows:

  1. Scottish word of the transitive verb blight.
  2. Scottish word for the intransitive verb shiver.
  3. The dialectal difference in the term neither.


'Nither' can be the misspelling of the term 'neither'.

Let us take a look at their differences in a table.

Neither Nither
It can be a determiner, pronoun, adverb or conjunction. Scottish word for the verb 'blight'
Means none of the two Scottish word for the verb 'shiver'
This is the standard form of this term in the English language. Scottish word for neither/misspelling of neither



Whenever there is a misspelling or we are dealing with a Scottish context, 'neither and 'nither' have the same meanings.


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