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    Doesn't she like him either?

    Doesn't she like him either?
    What does the speaker mean by that?

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    Re: Doesn't she like him either?

    Quote Originally Posted by belly_ttt View Post
    Doesn't she like him either?
    A: Barb doesn't like him.
    B: What about Susie? Doesn't she like him either?




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    Re: Doesn't she like him either?

    Er... not so clear, I'm not sure if Barb is a female name and Susie is a male name. If they are, I interpret it that way:
    A: Barb( she) doesn't like him
    B: What about Susie? Doesn't (barb) like (Susie), either? (= Doesn't Barb also like Susie?)
    Is that so?

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    Smile Re: Doesn't she like him either?

    Quote Originally Posted by belly_ttt View Post
    Er... not so clear, I'm not sure if Barb is a female name and Susie is a male name. If they are, I interpret it that way:
    A: Barb( she) doesn't like him
    B: What about Susie? Doesn't (barb) like (Susie), either? (= Doesn't Barb also like Susie?)
    Is that so?
    That's genius you were able to spot that ambiguity.
    Susie is a girl; that's why the meaning of the dialogue is as RonBee intended it to be:

    A: Barb (she) doesn't like him (Tom).
    B: What about Susie (she)? Doesn't she (Susie) like him (Tom) either?


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    Re: Doesn't she like him either?

    I asked my computer teacher yesterday ( he's a Black) and told me he had never seen people use it that way. He think it should be "also", not either
    What do you think?

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    Re: Doesn't she like him either?

    Quote Originally Posted by belly_ttt View Post
    I asked my computer teacher yesterday ( he's a Black) and told me he had never seen people use it that way. He think it should be "also", not either
    What do you think?
    Oh no! In negative statements it's either, not also. Another example:
    A: I don't like baseball.
    B: I don't like it either.
    With positive statements use too or also (but also would usually be too formal). Example:
    A: I like baseball.
    B: I like it too.

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    Re: Doesn't she like him either?

    Quote Originally Posted by belly_ttt View Post
    I asked my computer teacher yesterday ( he's a Black)
    The colour of his skin is irrelevant. What we are intersted to know is if he is a native speaker of English?

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