Nor am I saying

Jezus9

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Dutch
I've heard American people say before 'Nor am I saying' however when I search the term 'Nor am I saying' on Google nothing pops up, is this term correct or did I hear it wrong and should it be 'it's not that i'm saying'?
 
  • Qualityservant

    Senior Member
    English-USA
    The structure is "neither x nor y" in the negative. In the positive it's "either x or y." "Nor am I saying" is correct as a fragment using a form of "to be.". For example, I can say, "I am not saying it's true; nor am I saying it is false." It employs two negatives. "It's not that I'm saying" is also a correct fragment but used a little differently using a negative and then a positive. For example, I can say, "It's not that I'm saying it's true; I'm just saying it's not false." Note how the clauses use the same structure.
     

    bennymix

    Senior Member
    I've gotten lots of hits for similar expressions,

    "nor am i staying"

    "nor am I marrying"

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    "nor am i leaving"

    Shelly Bell - I am not leaving the DC area nor am I... | Facebook

    https://en-gb.facebook.com/SheThePoet/posts/590913294290118‎

    I am not leaving the DC area nor am I leaving the DC Poetry Scene.

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    Running Through the Streets of Paris | Jesus was a nomad, hence ...

    parkerhall.wordpress.com/2011/11/.../running-through-the-streets-of-par...

    Nov 16, 2011 - ... swift justice taken upon yours truly, nor am I running away in sheer terror from the sight of Nazi soldiers marching under the Arc de Triomph, ...

    ADDED: I got 7 million hits for 'nor am I saying.' Here's a typical one.


    Against Common Sense: Teaching and Learning Toward Social Justice

    books.google.ca/books?isbn=0203870069

    Kevin Kumashiro - 2009 - ‎Education

    I am not saying that teachers are not professionals, nor am I saying that teaching should not be a profession. I am saying, however, that we need to trouble the commonsensical notion that....
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    Note the structure is as Swiss Pete said, above.
     
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