Spot the Errors - English (MCQ) for Bank, MBA, CAT, MAT, GMAT, SSC for Q. 26689
Q. Neither the students (1) / nor the teacher (2) / were in his (3) / class. (4) / No Error (5)- Published on 01 Feb 17
Replace 'were' with 'was'.
When two different subjects are joined by 'either...or; neither...nor', the verb agrees with the subject near to it (generally second subject).
Here, the verb is near to the second subject 'the teacher', it should agree with the second subject i.e. 'was' should be used.
The correct sentence should be: Neither the students nor the teacher was in his class.
e.g. Either your brother or you have done your work.