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    A simple question for native speakers

    Hello, non-natives' opinions are welcomed as well, please don't hesitate to share with me.

    I read a comment in a thick crazy book called "A grammar of contemporary English".


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    Some speakers feel that "Either you or I are going" is more natural than "Eithet you or I am going." 
    I'd like to know your opinion!

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    Re: A simple question for native speakers

    Moshi moshi
    Am I still on a busy line?

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    Re: A simple question for native speakers

    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi
    "Either you or I are going" is more natural than "Either you or I am going."
    They both sound strange to me. I prefer:

    Either you are going or I am going.
    Either you or I will go.

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    Re: A simple question for native speakers

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    They both sound strange to me. I prefer:

    Either you are going or I am going.
    Either you or I will go.
    Really? Hm with "will", there's no problem left.

    What about

    "Either you or I am right" or "Either you or I are right", which one do you prefer? Could it be possible that some native speakers would like to use the second one?



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    Re: A simple question for native speakers

    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi
    Really? Hm with "will", there's no problem left.
    That's right. Uhm, is there suppose to be a problem? Eee.


    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi
    "Either you or I am right" or "Either you or I are right", which one do you prefer? Could it be possible that some native speakers would like to use the second one?
    If I had to choose one, I'd pick "Either...I am....". The reason being, 'I' and 'am' are within close proximity, whereas 'You' and 'are' are not. But again, under normal circumstances, I wouldn't say either of them.

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    Re: A simple question for native speakers

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    But again, under normal circumstances, I wouldn't say either of them.
    Thank you, Ms. Beauty in Japan.

    I'm a bit surprised at the tone you had, "But again....", while we have plenty of those tests oand excercises that ask learners to choose either am or are. If so, under normal circumstances, you wouldn't say either. Then I would like to know what you as any native speaker would say.

    Either you are right or I am right.
    Which one do you say often, "Either you or I will go." or "Either you are going or I am going."


    I look forward to your answer, as always.



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    Re: A simple question for native speakers

    Which one do you say often, "Either you or I will go." or "Either you are going or I am going."


    Without thinking I would use "either you or I will go". "Either you are going or I am going" has the sound of command or ultimatum to it.

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    Re: A simple question for native speakers

    Quote Originally Posted by twostep
    Without thinking I would use "either you or I will go". "Either you are going or I am going" has the sound of command or ultimatum to it.
    Twostep,
    If you say, "Either you or I will go" then will you utter, "Either you or I am right!"

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    Re: A simple question for native speakers

    Cass, #6 ?

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    Re: A simple question for native speakers

    #6????? translate for non natve

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