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  1. #1 neither nor 
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    I have neither been sleeping nor watching TV


    I have neither been sleeping nor been watching TV




    Would you please kindly and friendly tell me which one is right? and give me some example so that I can understanding this issue better?




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    Both are correct. it is slightly more "elegant" to make both clauses match, as in your second version.

    Alternatively, you could have: I have been neither sleeping nor watching TV.

    (Note: these probably all sound a little formal. They are fine in writing, but in speech I think most people would say: "I haven't been sleeping or watching TV".)


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    Genius Duck Moderator Dywyddyr's Avatar
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    The second "been" is superfluous: it's implied from the first.
    While the second sentence may be grammatically correct the additional "been" is redundant.
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