He had neither Father nor Mother

He had neither father nor mother


He did not have a father or a mother


He did not have a father and he did not have a mother.

Neither Nor

Have you come across the pattern “neither nor”?

“Neither nor” is used like this:

– Do you drink tea?
– No, I don’t. I don’t drink tea.
– Do you drink coffee?
– No, I don’t. I don’t drink coffee.
– So, you drink neither tea nor coffee?
– That is correct. I drink neither tea nor coffee.

How it is Used

Can you see how it is used?

Can you understand how it is used?

Tea or Coffee

How about you? Do you prefer tea or coffee?

He had neither Mother nor Father

This phrase is taken from the first sentence in a children’s story. Look at the whole sentence:

In a village in the mountains, there once lived a young cowherd who had neither mother nor father.

Children’s Stories and Fairy Stories

Reading children’s stories or fairy stories is a good way to develop your vocabulary.

Two Reasons

There are two reasons for this.

Children’s stories are short.
Children’s stories are simple.

The Value of Simplicity

Simplicity is important. Children’s stories are simple but they are not boring. They are not long and boring. Children’s stories are short and fascinating. Children’s stories are not long and boring.

Can you make a sentence from the above information using the pattern: “neither nor”?


Can you do it?
Can you?
Are you able to do it?
Are you?

The Answer

Here is the answer:

Children’s stories are neither long nor boring.

Your Opinion

Do you agree?
Do you agree that they are neither boring nor long?
Do you agree that children’s stories are neither boring nor long?

Listening to a Real Conversation – Making a Cup of Tea


Links to More Lessons

Grammar – Passive Voice

An Interactive Story with Lessons on Passive Voice

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