How to use Either and Neither in English - Mr Duncan will help you with your English problems

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Here are two words that
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can cause a lot of confusion
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in English.
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For many reasons,
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the words are ‘either’ and ‘neither’.
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First of all, the word ‘either’
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can be used as an adjective
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to show one or the other of two.
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For example,
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you may sit at either
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end of the table.
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Also, as an adjective,
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it can mean each of two,
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the one and the other.
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For example,
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there are trees on either
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side of the river.
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As a pronoun,
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the word e that can be used
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to describe a choice
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using two objects.
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For example,
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there are two roads into the town
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and you can take either.
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Either will do.
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As an adverb either can refer to expressing
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as well, to the same degree,
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normally used after negative clauses,
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coordinated by ‘and’ or, ‘nor’,
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or after negative subordinate clauses.
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For example,
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he’s not fond of parties,
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and I'm not either.
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If you don't come,
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she won't come either.
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Then we have the word
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‘neither’, which, as a conjunction
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means ‘not either’
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as of persons or things specified,
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usually followed by ‘nor’.
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For example,
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Neither John nor Betty is at home.
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We can use it to express
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‘no’ or ‘no more’.
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For example, Bob can't go and neither can I.
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if she doesn't want it.
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Neither do I.
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As an adjective,
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‘neither’ means not one
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or the other.
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For example,
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neither statement is true,
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which means both are untrue.
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As a pronoun,
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neither means ‘not either’.
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Not one person or the other.
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Not one thing or the other.
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For example,
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neither of the suggestions will do.
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Neither is to be trusted.
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There is another confusion
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that arises when looking at ‘either’ and ‘neither’
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which relates to the pronunciation
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of these words.
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In American English,
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the pronunciation is different.
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Either is pronounced either, (ahy-ther)
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while neither is pronounced neither. (nahy-ther)
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Meanwhile, in British English
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both forms of the pronunciation
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are acceptable.
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In other words,
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you don't have to worry
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about the way
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in which you say those words,
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as both are acceptable.
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Or should I say
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‘either are acceptable’.
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You can use one or the other.
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