Either or Neither? Have you ever had difficulties using Either or Neither? If you have, don’t worry, you are not the only one.
The English words either vs neither can cause some problems for native and non-native speakers of English. Sometimes you can use either one and sometimes you have to choose either one or the other, but neither one is very difficult.
Either or Neither
How to Use EITHER
1. Either can also be followed by (one) of + group of two:
- Either of us could do it.
- Either one of us could do it.
- Either of you should know.
- Either one of you should know.
2. Either… or
Either… or is used to offer a choice between two possibilities:
- Either John or Sophia will be there.
- We should bring either tea or coffee.
3. Not… either… or denies both possibilities:
- I don’t think either John or Sophia will be there.
4. Not… either is used after a negative statement.
- I don’t speak English. You don’t either.
How to Use NEITHER
1. Neither can also be followed by (one) of + group of two:
- Neither of them is ready.
- Neither one of them is ready.
- Neither of us has any money.
- Neither one of us has any money.
Neither… nor is equivalent to not… either… or.
- Neither John nor Sophia will be there.
- We brought neither tea nor coffee.
3. Neither is used like not… either.
- I don’t speak English. Neither do I – (informal): Me neither.
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