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    "me neither" or "me either"?

    Should I say "me neither" or "me either" here?
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    "I don't like it."
    "Me either." or "Me neither."?
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    I don't like it either." or "I don't like it neither."?

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    Re: "me neither" or "me either"?

    Quote Originally Posted by dihen View Post
    Should I say "me neither" or "me either" here?
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    "I don't like it."
    "Me either." or "Me neither."?
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    I don't like it either." or "I don't like it neither."?
    You can say "I don't like it either". If you want to give a short reply, just say, "Neither do I" or "Nor do I".
    Last edited by Harry Smith; 25-Jan-2007 at 16:59.

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    Re: "me neither" or "me either"?

    First, there is a mistake in an answer (won't to give; should be want to give).
    Second, you didn't answer the first question: what is the short answer to
    "I don't like it"
    Me either or Me neither?
    The answer is "Me neither".

    Please, be more careful, you are a native speaker!

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    Re: "me neither" or "me either"?

    Let's look at your second question.

    Quote Originally Posted by dihen View Post
    I don't like it either." or "I don't like it neither."?
    Use 'neither' if 'not' isn't stated; use 'either' if 'not' is stated. (You see, 'not..either' means neither.)

    Sam: I don't like it.
    Pat: Me, neither.
    Ali: I don't like it, either.

    All the best.

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    Re: "me neither" or "me either"?

    Welcome, irinaofr.

    Quote Originally Posted by irinaofr View Post
    First, there is a mistake in an answer (won't to give; should be want to give).
    Thank you for bringing that to our attention. Mind you, it could be a typing error. It happens, even to the best of us.

    Quote Originally Posted by irinaofr
    Second, you didn't answer the first question: what is the short answer
    Posters do not have to and are not expected to answer all questions. Having more than one contributor is a good thing. It leads to discussion. Constructive criticism is OK as long as it deals with the topic. The moment you pull the author into the discussion, you lose all credibility. In other words, how can you persuade someone you may have upset to see things your way? A case in point: "Please, be more careful, you are a native speaker!" If you look to the top right of Harry Smith's post, you'll notice that s/he lists Armenia as place of origin. Is Harry Smith...a native speaker? Does it even matter when the 'mistake' you noted is a typo? Please be more understanding. We need good contributors like you.

    I look forward to seeing you in the Forum, irinaofr.

    All the best.

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    Re: "me neither" or "me either"?

    I must say that "won't" was a typing error which happens to me rarely. Anyway I am very thankful to have been reminded about it.
    I agree to "Me, neither" but why can't we say "Neither do I"?

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    Re: "me neither" or "me either"?

    Quote Originally Posted by dihen View Post
    Should I say "me neither" or "me either" here?
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    "I don't like it."
    "Me either." or "Me neither."?
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    I don't like it either." or "I don't like it neither."?
    As a short response, you can use either 'me either' or 'me neither'.

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    Re: "me neither" or "me either"?

    Quote Originally Posted by riverkid View Post
    As a short response, you can use either 'me either' or 'me neither'.
    ...in some parts of the world . In the UK, you can't use 'me either' without being regarded as a foreigner or the user of some non-standard dialect.

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    Re: "me neither" or "me either"?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    ...in some parts of the world . In the UK, you can't use 'me either' without being regarded as a foreigner or the user of some non-standard dialect.
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    In two countries chosen, UK and Australia, and at Google.com, 'me either' is more common than 'me neither'.

    Are there some particular grammatical reasons that it can't be used, Bob?

    ============================

    Googled - UK pages only:

    Results 1 - 10 of about 168,000 for "me either".

    Results 1 - 10 of about 77,200 for "me neither".

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    Google - AuE

    Results 1 - 10 of about 50,800 for "me either".

    Results 1 - 10 of about 15,200 for "me neither".

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    Google.com

    Results 1 - 10 of about 1,260,000 English pages for "me either".

    Results 1 - 10 of about 1,120,000 English pages for "me neither".

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    Re: "me neither" or "me either"?

    me either pops up in that context, yes. Ellipsis is the culprit:

    A: It doesn't work for me.
    B: (It doesn't work for) me, either. / Me, either.

    A: I don't like it.
    B: (As for) me, (I don't like it) either.

    A: I haven't seen the film.
    B: (As for) me, (I haven't seen the film) either.

    The question is, however, is shortened me, either considered standard usage in those contexts? (Google doesn't help us on that one, riverkid.)

    On a related topic, would you say both Neither do I (post #4) and Either do I work as responses for "I don't like it"? Why or why not? If yes, is Either do I considered standard usage?

    Please note that, dihen asked, "Should I say...?", not What do people say? Dihen is aware that there's a variation out there - hence the question.

    All the best.

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