Either is incorrect.
I am terribly sorry that it should be Either of the two books holds the opinion..... Is it correct to choose 'either' then?
Originally Posted by Casiopea
Either is incorrect.
:?Originally Posted by RonBee
I once came across the sentence in Random House Webster's Dictionary of American English ( P438) :
Either of the shrubs grows well in this soil. That's why I don't understand your explanation. Here either of is followed by pl noun.
Yes. Of course. Either means one or the other. Notice that Either takes a singular verb: grows. The word neither would include both of them, thus: "Neither of the shrubs grow well in this soil."Originally Posted by jiang
Since I have never heard anybody say (at least that I can remember) three quarters of an hour's time I would say it is not the better choice. It is not even an option. I must disagree. An ESL learner is unlikely to ever hear the "better" choice.Originally Posted by Casiopea
You are right, Mike. It should be: "Neither of the shrubs grows well in this soil."
Dear RonBee,Originally Posted by RonBee
I feel uneasy to have disturbed you so much. So either is still incorrect?
If it is could you please explain the difference between my sentence and the dictionary example?
Let's focus on meaning. If I say Neither book A nor book B say a certain thing then what I say applies to both. In other words, book A doesn't say it and book B doesn't say it. What if I say either book says it? Does it mean book A says it? No, it doesn't. Does it mean book B says it? No, it doesn't. I can't make either apply to one book or the other and certainly not both. So I can't use either.Originally Posted by jiang
What about the other example? What if I say "Neither of those bushes can grow in that soil"? What I said applies to both of them. Bush A can not grow in that soil, and bush B can not grow in that soil. What if I say "Either of those bushes can grow in that soil"? It's just the opposite. Bush A can grow in that soil, and bush B can grow in that soil.
Does that help?