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    What is correct to use in the following examples, and why?



    1) Judy is very lazy. She does not do her homework either/too.

    2) Judy is very lazy. I do not think she does her homework either/too.

    3) Judy does not study. I do not think she does her homework either/too.

    4) Judy does not study. I doubt she does her homework either/too.

    5) I doubt Judy goes to school. In my opinion, she does not do her homework either /too.

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    Default Re: too or either

    First tell us what you think.

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    too or either


    1) Judy is very lazy. She does not do her homework either/too.

    2) Judy is very lazy. I do not think she does her homework either/too.

    3) Judy does not study. I do not think she does her homework either/too.

    4) Judy does not study. I doubt she does her homework either/too.

    5) I doubt Judy goes to school. In my opinion, she does not do her homework either /too.



    1) too, because first sentence positive and second negative

    2) too, because first sentence positive and second negative

    3) either, because first sentence negative and second also negative

    4) too, because first sentence negative and second positive

    5) too, because first sentence positive and second negative


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    Default Re: too or either

    Thank you very much, Joern. This thread is very interesting and I'm eagerly looking forward to replies. I don't know which to choose either.

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    Smile Re: too or either

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    Thank you very much, Joern. This thread is very interesting and I'm eagerly looking forward to replies. I don't know which to choose either.

    Welcome to the club. Just join me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joern Matthias View Post
    What is correct to use in the following examples, and why?



    1) Judy is very lazy. She does not do her homework either/too. Maybe too

    2) Judy is very lazy. I do not think she does her homework either/too. Maybe too

    3) Judy does not study. I do not think she does her homework either/too.

    4) Judy does not study. I doubt she does her homework either/too. Maybe too

    5) I doubt Judy goes to school. In my opinion, she does not do her homework either /too.

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    I'd use "either" in all cases. They are negative sentences. 4. is positive, but with a negative sense.
    I'm sure that others would choose differently. There is not a right or wrong answer for most, and it would depend on regional preferences, the intonation, etc. I'm afraid your rules don't reflect the way people speak too/either.

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    In #1 and #2, I would use neither 'either' or 'too'. Not doing her homework is part of her being lazy, not something extra. Like Raymott, I'd use 'either' in the others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    In #1 and #2, I would use neither 'either' or 'too'. Not doing her homework is part of her being lazy, not something extra. Like Raymott, I'd use 'either' in the others.

    Thank you very much for your reply. Example 1 and 2 are a bit awkward.

    I just wanted to know what to choose between 'either' and 'too' if the first fact or idea was positive and the second negative like in: 'My wife is very tired and she does not want to go out with me either/too'.


    What would you choose in this examle-either or too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joern Matthias View Post
    Thank you very much for your reply. Example 1 and 2 are a bit awkward.

    I just wanted to know what to choose between 'either' and 'too' if the first fact or idea was positive and the second negative like in: 'My wife is very tired and she does not want to go out with me either/too'.


    What would you choose in this examle-either or too?
    I don't think either one is necessary in that sentence. If you have to use one, I would pick "either".

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