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    Usage of either A or B

    Do you agree that sometimes "either A or B" structures are used to mean "both A and B"? For instance,
    "I have never been to either France or Germany."
    Or only when just "either" is used, it can mean "both"?
    For instance, A : Which one do you want? B : Either one will do. Thank you so much as usual and have a good day.

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    Re: Usage of either A or B

    Quote Originally Posted by sky3120 View Post
    Do you agree that sometimes "either A or B" structures are used to mean "both A and B"? For instance,
    "I have never been to either France or Germany."
    Or only when just "either" is used, it can mean "both"?
    For instance, A : Which one do you want? B : Either one will do. Thank you so much as usual and have a good day.
    In this case, you have a negation. "Neither (France or Germany)" = Neither France nor Germany = Both [not France and not Germany]
    I can't think of an example of 'either' meaning 'both' in a positive sentence.

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    Re: Usage of either A or B

    Thank you so much and to make it clear, so "Neither (France or Germany)" means "I have never been to either France or Germany.", right?
    Last edited by sky3120; 09-Dec-2012 at 09:21.

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    Re: Usage of either A or B

    Quote Originally Posted by sky3120 View Post
    Thank you so much and to make it clear, so "Neither (France or Germany)" means "I have never been to either France or Germany.", right?
    Yes, although I would usually convert "neither" into "not either" rather than "never either" but in the case of travel "never" works.

    I have travelled neither to France nor [to] Germany.
    I have never travelled to either France or Germany.
    I have never travelled to France or Germany. (To be honest, "either" isn't required.)


    I like neither cabbage nor cauliflower.
    I don't like cabbage or cauliflower.

    Would you like cabbage or cauliflower with your dinner?
    Neither, thank you.


    I like both cabbage and cauliflower.
    I like cabbage and cauliflower.

    Would you like cabbage or cauliflower with your dinner?
    Either one would be great, thank you.
    OR
    Is there any chance I could have both?
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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