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    Default wiil either not ... or

    Are these sentences correct with the given meanings:

    1-I will either not watch the match or go to the movies.
    (I will do one of the two but not both.)

    2-I will either not the match or the movie.
    (I will watch one of the two but not both.)

    3-I will either not talk to Dean or to Mark.
    (I will talk to one of them but not to both.)

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    Default Re: wiil either not ... or

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Are these sentences correct with the given meanings:

    1-I will either not watch the match or go to the movies.
    (I will do one of the two but not both.)
    Correct as far as I can tell, however it is a little unnatural to say you either won't do something or you will do something else.

    2-I will either not the match or the movie.
    (I will watch one of the two but not both.)
    This is incorrect, you do not have a main verb for the auxiliary "will" not is there one implied – for which you need more than a related statment further up in the text and no object, e.g.r
    "...and remember to wash the dishes when you're done!"
    "I will
    [remember/wash the dishes]!"


    3-I will either not talk to Dean or to Mark.
    (I will talk to one of them but not to both.)
    This doesn't make sense. What is being said here is you won't talk to either of them – with an either thrown into the sentence unnecessarily. If you want to say "I will talk to one but not both", you would say "I will talk to either Dean or Mark."

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    Default Re: wiil either not ... or

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Are these sentences correct with the given meanings:

    1-I will either not watch the match or go to the movies.
    (I will do one of the two but not both.)
    No: this means, "I will do one of the following: i) not watch the match, or ii) go to the movies. The 'not' doesn't distribute (at least there's no reason it should). You have to add another 'not'.

    2-I will either not the match or the movie.
    (I will watch one of the two but not both.)
    No.

    3-I will either not talk to Dean or to Mark.
    (I will talk to one of them but not to both.)
    No. It's far easier to say, "I'll talk to Dean or Mark, but not both." And people will understand you.
    Gratefully,
    Navi.
    No, none of them are good.
    "I will either not watch the match or not go to the movies." is what you mean by 1. But doesn't this imply the same as:
    "I will either watch the match or go to the movies"? This is what we normally say when we want to express "one or the other, but not both."
    Last edited by Raymott; 17-Mar-2012 at 19:06.

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