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Old 11-25-2009, 11:06 PM
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The term "error" tends to suggest an absolute where none exists, as far as English is concerned.

Nevertheless this usage is stilted and poor. I like Jack Lynch's common-sense approach (at least where he agrees with me ) and he suggests limiting "nor" to occurrences following "neither." See here: http://andromeda.rutgers.edu/~jlynch/Writing/n.html

"Nor.

Although there are other possibilities, you can't go wrong if you use nor only after the word neither: instead of "Keats did not write novels nor essays," use either "Keats did not write novels or essays" or "Keats wrote neither novels nor essays." (You can, however, say "Keats did not write novels, nor did he write essays.")"


If one wanted to emphasize the interminable falling of the snow, the sentence you quote is better written:

"The snow fell and it did not cease to fall."

Or, perhaps:

"The snow fell, and continued to fall."

...etc

Last edited by Chief Pedant; 11-25-2009 at 11:06 PM.