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Old 11-30-2009, 07:45 AM
The Seventh Deadly Finn The Seventh Deadly Finn is offline
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Originally Posted by duncanmkz View Post
"The snow fell nor did it cease to fall."

It is grammatical, but it needs a comma after "fell".

It means - "the snow fell, and it did not cease falling."
I agree with this 100%. The sentence looks assy not because it contains an unusual usage of "nor" (though it does), but because it's missing the comma. When the comma is inserted, the sense of the archaic usage is awakened:

"The snow fell, nor did it cease to fall."

This sounds highfalutin, likely as intended, but not jarring. The less-common sense of "nor," in my opinion, is a red herring in our discussion-- one which I freely admit took me in as well, until duncanmkz struck the scales from my eyes.

Last edited by The Seventh Deadly Finn; 11-30-2009 at 07:48 AM.