either vs or, neither vs nor : Common Errors in English

About either vs or, neither vs nor

When making comparisons, “either” goes with “or” and “neither” with “nor”: “I want to buy either a new desktop computer or a laptop, but I have neither the cash nor the credit I need.”“Either” often gets misplaced in a sentence: “He either wanted to builda gambling casino or a convent” should be “He wanted to build either agambling casino or a convent.” In this example, both things are wanted, so “either” comes after the verb. But if the action is different in regard to the things compared, the “either” has to come before the verb: “He wanted either to build a casino or remodel a convent.” Here two different actions are being compared, so the “either” has to precede both actions.

either Meaning(s)

  • (r) after a negative statement used as an intensive meaning something like `likewise' or `also'

either in News

  1. Brazil Consumers Take A Break

    Brazil consumers are either tapped out or taking a breather from debt as retail sales in April rose a meager 0.5% from March sales, according to government data released Thursday.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Forbes

  2. Life either way

    Life either way
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Pasadena Weekly

  3. Local Fans Either Love/Hate Tim Tebow

    Odds are you either love him or you hate him. And now – he's reportedly signed on with the New England Patriots. ESPN is reporting former Bronco quarterback Tim Tebow is getting a fresh start in Foxboro. "I
    on June 11, 2013 Source: ABC 6 Providence

nor in News

  1. Leaker 'neither traitor nor hero'

    Self-identified NSA leaker Edward Snowden broke the low profile he has kept since passing details of two classified American government surveillance programs to reporters, saying he is “neither traitor nor hero” in an interview with the South China Morning Post.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: MSN

  2. NSA Leaker: 'I'm Neither Traitor Nor Hero. I'm An American'

    "I'm neither traitor nor hero. read more
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Georgia Public Broadcasting

  3. TOTE 3100 TEU Containerships Receive Prestigious Nor-Shipping Award

    SAN DIEGO, June 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- TOTE's 3100 TEU LNG-powered containerships took home the Next Generation Award at Nor-Shipping 2013 on June 4 in Oslo, Norway. TOTE, Inc. and General Dynamics NASSCO, ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance

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