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    Default either A or B

    We normally say;

    "I've never been either to England or to America"

    I wonder if it is possible to say

    "I've never been to either England or America"


    Thx.
    Last edited by wotcha; 31-Jan-2012 at 19:52.

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    Default Re: either A or B

    Quote Originally Posted by wotcha View Post
    We normally say;

    "I never been either to England or to America"
    No we don't
    I wonder if it is possible to say

    "I never been to either England or America"


    Thx.
    Neither version with "I never been" is correct. You need "I have never been..."
    I'd say, "I've never been to either England or America."

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    Default Re: either A or B

    Quote Originally Posted by wotcha View Post
    We normally say: "I never been either to England or to America". We don't.

    I wonder if it is possible to say: "I never been to either England or America". No.
    This is fine: I have never been to either England or America.
    So is this: I have never been either to England or to America.

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    Default Re: either A or B

    I'm not sure I would use "either" there.

    I've never been to England or America.
    I haven't been to England or America.
    I have been to neither England nor America.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I'm not sure I would use "either" there.

    I've never been to England or America.
    I haven't been to England or America.
    I have been to neither England nor America.

    May I ask you why?
    I've heard it lots of times in similar sentences.
    Thanks.

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    Default Re: either A or B

    My most natural choice is "I've never been to either X or Y."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: either A or B

    Quote Originally Posted by shannico View Post
    May I ask you why?
    I've heard it lots of times in similar sentences.
    Thanks.
    Sorry, I should have clarified. Using "either" is not incorrect - the others have given you plenty of examples of how it can be used. It's just not necessary, in my opinion.

    - Have you been to England or America?
    - No. I haven't been to either.

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    Default Re: either A or B

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Sorry, I should have clarified. Using "either" is not incorrect - the others have given you plenty of examples of how it can be used. It's just not necessary, in my opinion.

    - Have you been to England or America?
    - No. I haven't been to either.
    Thanks a million for clearing it out.
    However, I may just add that the original sentence I've never been to either England or America sounds perfect to me. Sometimes people talk without necessarily having to answer a question, in which case one may have to add England or America to make a statement clear.
    Hope you can see where I'm coming from.
    Shan
    Last edited by shannico; 31-Jan-2012 at 19:18. Reason: added original sentence

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    Default Re: either A or B

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Neither version with "I never been" is correct. You need "I have never been..."
    I'd say, "I've never been to either England or America."
    Thank you I edited it. ^^

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