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    Default Paired Conjunction: either -- or

    I think sometimes I shouldn't be so careful about trivial changes in structure but to be sure I come here. These are the sentences I think are correct.

    1. Smoking should either be banned or restricted.
    2. Smoking should be either banned or restricted.
    3. Smoking should either be banned or be restricted.

    Would you please select the correct ones with your precious help in making reasons?
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    Default Re: Paired Conjunction: either -- or

    They are all correct, natural and perfectly comprehensible.

    To me, 1 is the most natural. It is impossible to give reasons for one`s choice of the most natural. The judgment comes from the sum total of a lifetime spent hearing and speaking your native tongue. And therefore it depends on where you spent your life. I think that 3 is a close second to 1 and 2 is slightly less natural, but I suspect that native speakers from elsewhere may well have other opinions.

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    Default Re: Paired Conjunction: either -- or

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    They are all correct, natural and perfectly comprehensible.

    To me, 1 is the most natural. It is impossible to give reasons for one`s choice of the most natural. The judgment comes from the sum total of a lifetime spent hearing and speaking your native tongue. And therefore it depends on where you spent your life. I think that 3 is a close second to 1 and 2 is slightly less natural, but I suspect that native speakers from elsewhere may well have other opinions.
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    Default Re: Paired Conjunction: either -- or

    1 is incorrect (representing ungrammatical *Smoking should be banned or smoking should restricted.)
    3 is correct but needlessly wordy.

    Hence #2 is best.

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    Default Re: Paired Conjunction: either -- or

    1 is the most natural.

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    Default Re: Paired Conjunction: either -- or

    Quote Originally Posted by atabitaraf View Post
    I think sometimes I shouldn't be so careful about trivial changes in structure but to be sure I come here. These are the sentences I think are correct.

    1. Smoking should either be banned or restricted.
    2. Smoking should be either banned or restricted.
    3. Smoking should either be banned or be restricted.

    Would you please select the correct ones with your precious help in making reasons?
    Thanks,
    1 or 2 is best.

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    Default Re: Paired Conjunction: either -- or

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    1 is the most natural.
    I'm afraid not, unless your definition of 'best' includes solecisms.

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    Default Re: Paired Conjunction: either -- or

    Quote Originally Posted by philo2009 View Post
    I'm afraid not, unless your definition of 'best' includes solecisms.
    I didn't use the word "best", I said it was the most natural.

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    Default Re: Paired Conjunction: either -- or

    That is true; you did (someone else referred to it as 'best').

    However, I don't believe that we should be giving tacit approval to structurally unsound sentences - no matter how commonly natives may inadvertently produce them - without at least pointing out their unsoundness!

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    Default Re: Paired Conjunction: either -- or

    Quote Originally Posted by philo2009 View Post
    That is true; you did (someone else referred to it as 'best').

    However, I don't believe that we should be giving tacit approval to structurally unsound sentences - no matter how commonly natives may inadvertently produce them - without at least pointing out their unsoundness!
    I should mention that the sentence No. 1, which is under discussion here, is from one of the advanced references we use here for our ESL classes.
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