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    either...or

    Can "either...or" be used for more than 2 options?

    e.g: I will go either to Canada, U.S.A, England or Ireland next vaction.

    - I will spend my money on either a new pair of shoes, jewelry or a new purse.

    Thank you.

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    Some purists dislike it, but many would use it. To avoid trouble, you could just drop 'either', which would make the sentences more accurate. Personally, I'd prefer them without.

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    What Tdol said. :wink:

    Drop the "either" if you are going to use more than two options.

    :)

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    Re: either...or

    Quote Originally Posted by Andréa
    Can "either...or" be used for more than 2 options?

    e.g: I will go either to Canada, U.S.A, England or Ireland next vaction.

    - I will spend my money on either a new pair of shoes, jewelry or a new purse.

    Thank you.
    I agree with the other two. I don't think one need be a purist to dislike "either/or" for multiple options. :wink:

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    Re: either...or

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    I don't think one need be a purist to dislike "either/or" for multiple options. :wink:
    Though one is.

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    Re: either...or

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    I don't think one need be a purist to dislike "either/or" for multiple options. :wink:
    Though one is.
    Or not. :wink:

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