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    either vs. also in negative sentences

    Hello,

    If not both which one is correct?

    - I don't like vanilla ice cream. I don't like chocolate ice cream either.
    - I don't like vanilla ice cream. I also don't like chocolate ice cream.

    Can we use also in negative sentences like this?

    Thank you very much.

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    Re: either vs. also in negative sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by Nicky_K View Post
    Hello,

    If not both, which one is correct?

    - I don't like vanilla ice cream. I don't like chocolate ice cream either.
    - I don't like vanilla ice cream. I also don't like chocolate ice cream.

    Can we use "also" in negative sentences like this these?

    Thank you very much.
    Hi Nicky,

    I believe both are correct. Personally, I try to use the structure in #1 (or, as an alternative, "I like neither vanilla nor chocolate ice-cream).

    A different point is which one of your sentences sounds more natural to native speakers, so we'll have to wait for them to contribute.

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    Re: either vs. also in negative sentences

    NOT A TEACHER

    I see no problems with the sentences you wrote.

    You could also say:

    I don't like vanilla ice cream. Me neither.
    I don't like vanilla ice cream. Neither do I.

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    Re: either vs. also in negative sentences

    There was only one sentence that use "also" so correcting "this" to "these" is wrong. You can say "like this" to mean "in this manner."

    I don't like vanilla ice cream, nor do I like chocolate ice cream.*

    This is another was to say it. All are correct.

    * A good example of how something can be correct and not true. It seems many English learners confuse these words.
    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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    Re: either vs. also in negative sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken Sandwich View Post
    NOT A TEACHER

    I see no problems with the sentences you wrote.

    You could also say:

    I don't like vanilla ice cream. Me neither.
    I don't like vanilla ice cream. Neither do I.
    An entirely different situation with two speakers instead of one.
    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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    Re: either vs. also in negative sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    There was only one sentence that use "also" so correcting "this" to "these" is wrong. You can say "like this" to mean "in this manner."

    I don't like vanilla ice cream, nor do I like chocolate ice cream.*

    This is another was to say it. All are correct.

    * A good example of how something can be correct and not true. It seems many English learners confuse these words.
    Thanks for the observation. Note taken.
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: either vs. also in negative sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    An entirely different situation with two speakers instead of one.
    Sorry, I totally misread the original post I read it as:

    A: I don't like vanilla ice cream.
    B: I don't like vanilla ice cream either.

    Thus I thought there were two speakers.
    Last edited by Chicken Sandwich; 11-Jul-2012 at 14:00.

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    Re: either vs. also in negative sentences

    There is a problem with the second pair; you haven't specified, but it seems there is only one speaker. However, if you're looking at a dialogue, you can't use 'also' to extend a series of negations, as it isn't natural in English.

    A: I don't like bananas.
    B: I don't like them either. [not too, nor also].

    Quote Originally Posted by Nicky_K View Post
    Hello,

    If not both which one is correct?

    - I don't like vanilla ice cream. I don't like chocolate ice cream either.
    - I don't like vanilla ice cream. I also don't like chocolate ice cream.

    Can we use also in negative sentences like this?

    Thank you very much.

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    Re: either vs. also in negative sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    There is a problem with the second pair; you haven't specified, but it seems there is only one speaker.
    Thank you for your reply. Yes, there is only one speaker.

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