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    Hello.

    Today I would like to ask you about the "ellipsis" of either.

    (1) I think she is either a president or a director.

    Can you convey the same meaning without using either as you see in the sentence (2) given below?

    (2) I think she is a president or a director.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: the Usage of "either"

    Yes, you can. However, the sentence suggests you might be talking about a specific company, in which case I would use the president, as there's only one of those.

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    Default Re: the Usage of "either"

    Quote Originally Posted by yamadew View Post
    Hello.

    Today I would like to ask you about the "ellipsis" of either.

    (1) I think she is either a president or a director.

    Can you convey the same meaning without using either as you see in the sentence (2) given below?

    (2) I think she is a president or a director.

    Thanks in advance.

    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) I guess this could also be applied to:

    She is the president and a director of the company.


    OR (with more emphasis):

    She is both the president and a director of the company.


    Respectfully yours,


    James

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