Results 1 to 3 of 3
  1. #1
    ostap77 is offline Key Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Ukrainian
      • Home Country:
      • Ukraine
      • Current Location:
      • Ukraine
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Posts
    3,431
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default either two posibilities

    "She's either going to go there or tell him to come over."

    OR

    "She's going either to go there or tell him to come over."

    OR

    "She's going to go there or tell him to come over."

    Which one is correct?
    Last edited by ostap77; 05-Mar-2011 at 14:06.

  2. #2
    5jj's Avatar
    5jj is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Posts
    28,167
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: either two posibilities

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    1. "She's either going to go there or tell him to come over."
    2. "She's going either to go there or tell him to come over."
    3. "She's going to go there or tell him to come over."
    A pedant might demand to in front of tell him in #1 and #2.
    Even better in some ways is: She's going to either go there or tell him to come over. Unfortunately, this has a split infinitive, which will upset some.

    If you forget the pedants, all three are acceptable. #1 and #2 draw attention to the choice more strongly.

  3. #3
    ostap77 is offline Key Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Ukrainian
      • Home Country:
      • Ukraine
      • Current Location:
      • Ukraine
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Posts
    3,431
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: either two posibilities

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    A pedant might demand to in front of tell him in #1 and #2.
    Even better in some ways is: She's going to either go there or tell him to come over. Unfortunately, this has a split infinitive, which will upset some.

    If you forget the pedants, all three are acceptable. #1 and #2 draw attention to the choice more strongly.
    I guess #1 is even better since we can easily contract "going to" in conversation.?

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •