How to use Neither and Either (Interactive QUIZ too!)


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In our last post we looked at the phrases me too and me neither and we learned how to use them in natural English conversation. The word either has a similar meaning to neither when both words are used as adverbs:

neither (adverb) used to show that a negative statement is also true of somebody/something else

"He didn't remember and neither did I."

A: "I don't like spicy food." 
B: "Me neither."

either (adverb) used after negative phrases to state that a feeling or situation is similar to one already mentioned

"Pete can't go and I can't either."

A: "I don't like spicy food." 
B: "Me either." 
*For me personally, I prefer using neither in this situation, but either is acceptable in informal North American English.



~ but different meanings when they are used as determiners or pronouns:

neither (determiner, pronoun) not one nor the other of two things or people "Neither answer is correct." (both answers are wrong)
A: "Which do you like?"
B: "Neither. I think they're both ugly." (I don't like the first choice, I also don't like the second choice)



either (determiner, pronoun) one or the other of two; it does not matter which
"You can park on either side of the street." (it doesn't matter which side of the street you park on, both sides are OK)
"You can keep one of the photos. Either of them—whichever you like." (you can choose one of the two photos to keep, it doesn't matter which one. Each of the two possible choices is OK)

~ each of two
"The offices on either side of the hall were empty." (the offices on the left side and the right side of the hall were both empty)




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