- 1 Post By Greg Forbes
Either of + not
1. In negative sentence we can not begin with "Anybody ~ not ~ " as follows ;
1) Anybody doesn't know (=x)
2) Nobody knows (=0)
2. And then, how about beginning with "Either of [ ] ~ not ~ " ? ;
1) Neither of us could go there (=0) =>
2) Either of us couldn't go there ; ???
After looking up to many dictionaries, I can't find any suitable sentences
which clearly show its correct usage.
Hoping to hear soon and thanks in advance,
Re: Either of + not
(Not a teacher)
Here are some examples of these usages:
Nobody knows the answer.
There is no one who knows the answer.
Nobody doesn't know the answer. (= Everybody knows the answer)
There isn't anyone who knows the answer.
Not anyone knows the answer.
Is there anybody who knows the answer?
Is there anyone who doesn't know the answer?
Does everybody know the answer?
Does anybody know the answer? (Is there someone who knows the answer?)
Neither of us could go there.
Either of us could go there.
Can either of us go there?
Which of us can't/can go there?
Can everybody go there?
Can anybody NOT go there? (Are there certain people who can't go there?) Can't anybody go there?
Is there anybody who can/cannot go there?
Not anybody can go there.
Not just anybody can go there. (Meaning only certain people can go there)
One of us could/couldn't go there.
Both (many, some) of us could/couldn't go there.
Both "either" and "neither" are incorrect in the negative such as in your example 2. Note that anybody/anyone are interchangeable and nobody/no one are also interchangeable. I hope this gives you a feel for how these sentences are formed.
Last edited by Greg Forbes; 25-Nov-2008 at 03:54.
Re: Either of + not
Forbes, many thanks for your examples of these usages:
Is it OK if I am understood as follows in short ? ;
1. Even if "Anybody doesn't know the answer" is incorrect,
followings are acceptable even in negative sentence ;
1) Not anyone knows the answer.
2) Not anybody can go there.
3) Can anybody NOT go there?
4) Can't anybody go there?
2. If "Either of us couldn't go there" is incorrect, followings are
its interchangeable expressions (in case we are two persons) ;
1) Which of us can't go there?
2) One of us couldn't go there.
3) Both of us couldn't go there.
3. "Neither of us could go there" ;
Isn't this expression OK, while I have frequently seen the similar ones
as it in many dictionaries ?
Hope to hear once again,
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