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    #1

    'Either'

    Is 'either' appropriate in this sentence?

    Every year, because Americans are either uninsured or under-insured, 44,789 Americans die.

    Or is there a grammar mistake in the whole sentence?

    And can I just say "
    44,789 die" instead of 44,789 Americans die.?
    Last edited by Ulysses; 02-Dec-2009 at 22:01.

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    Re: 'Either'

    Quote Originally Posted by Ulysses View Post
    Is 'either' appropriate in this sentence?

    Every year, because Americans are either uninsured or under-insured, 44,789 Americans die.

    Or is there a grammar mistake in the whole sentence?

    And can I just say "
    44,789 die" instead of 44,789 Americans die.?
    Hi

    No mistake in the sentence (though some would argue that "either" should be moved before "because"). And yes, the second instance of "Americans" is unnecessary, although most people would include it or a contextual synonym such as "people". Alternatively, the pronoun "they" could be used instead of the first instance of "Americans" in which case the second instance could not be omitted.

    I hope this helps.

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