Learn English – “Not… neither… nor…” word order

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George Galloway is an outspoken MP with excellent rhetorical skills. I will take a part of his speech to convey the idea of my question.

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Iraq is neither strong, independent nor even a single country any more.

Would it be correct to rephrase the sentence above using this order "not/neither/nor" as follows:

Iraq is not strong neither independent nor even a single country any more.

And so on, can I form sentences similar to it, for example:

I am not mean neither greedy nor arrogant.

Would that be grammatically correct?

Best Answer

No, it wouldn't. The order can either be

I am not X nor Y nor Z.

Or it can be

I am neither X nor Y nor Z.

Or even

I am not X and neither am I Y or Z.