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    "either way" and "anyway"

    Hello guys,
    It's me, Nightmare.
    Sorry for not logging in, but I'm sitting on a different pc.
    (You know, safety reasons...)

    Okay, now the question:
    Often I hear such sentences (similarly):
    "Shall I take you to the city?"
    "I'm going to drive there anyway."
    Wouldn't "either way" be better for this?

    Another example:
    You play soccer against a guy whose foot is hurt, and beat him.
    He says:
    "You have only beaten me because of my foot!"
    You smile and say:
    "Come one, I would have beaten you anyway."
    Same thing, "either way" would be better in my opinion.

    What do you think?

    P.S. When I'm at home I will officially confirm that it's my post.

    Cheers!


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    Re: "either way" and "anyway"

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85_guest View Post
    Hello guys,
    It's me, Nightmare.
    Sorry for not logging in, but I'm sitting on a different pc.
    (You know, safety reasons...)

    Okay, now the question:
    Often I hear such sentences (similarly):
    "Shall I take you to the city?"
    "I'm going to drive there anyway."
    Wouldn't "either way" be better for this? No.

    Another example:
    You play soccer against a guy whose foot is hurt, and beat him.
    He says:
    "You have only beaten me because of my foot!"
    You smile and say:
    "Come one, I would have beaten you anyway."
    Same thing, "either way" would be better in my opinion. No.

    What do you think?

    P.S. When I'm at home I will officially confirm that it's my post.

    Cheers!
    You can also say, 'Had it not been for my leg injury, you would never have beaten me.
    But for my leg injury, you would not have beaten me.

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    Re: "either way" and "anyway"

    I think "either way" is fine in both examples.

    Whether you come with me or not, either way, I'm driving to the city.
    Whether you were playing to the best of your abilities or not, either way, we would have won.

    The same basic meaning as "We would have won anyway" or "Even if you were playing your best, we would have won."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: "either way" and "anyway"

    Okay, now the question:
    Often I hear such sentences (similarly):
    "Shall I take you to the city?"
    "I'm going to drive there anyway."
    Wouldn't "either way" be better for this? No.

    I agree with Kondorsi. "Anyway" is better unless you specifically want to refer to two possible situations:
    "You can come with me, or you can stay here. Either way, I'm leaving now"


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    Re: "either way" and "anyway"

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I think "either way" is fine in both examples.

    Whether you come with me or not, either way, I'm driving to the city.
    Whether you were playing to the best of your abilities or not, either way, we would have won.
    Your examples expilicitly gives us two option (for each sentences). So "eitherway" sounds OK to me. But the ones Nightmare gave are not that explicit. So my question is ;" Wouldn't we regard "anyway" (with an implication "any way") as the only correct answer?


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    Re: "either way" and "anyway"

    Nightmare, do you mind if I borrow your thread for a minute and ask my question?

    'Had it not been for my trainer, you would have beaten me.
    'Had it not been for my leg injury, you would never have beaten me.

    Are both okay? Can the main clauses be either negative or positive?

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    Re: "either way" and "anyway"

    To me, it is NOT the only correct answer, as I said.

    If someone said to me:
    Can I give you a ride to the city? I'm going there anyway.
    Can I give you a ride to the city? I'm going there either way.
    Can I give you a ride to the city? Even if you say "no," I'm still going.

    I see no difference. The person is saying (with the second part) it's not an imposition. You are not creating hardship. Ride with me, don't ride with me - it won't change what I'm doing, so you might as well ride with me and save yourself some trouble.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: "either way" and "anyway"

    Quote Originally Posted by Kondorosi View Post
    Nightmare, do you mind if I borrow your thread for a minute and ask my question?

    'Had it not been for my trainer, you would have beaten me.
    'Had it not been for my leg injury, you would never have beaten me.

    Are both okay? Can the main clauses be either negative or positive?
    Yes, those are both fine.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.


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    Re: "either way" and "anyway"

    Cool! Thanks.

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    Re: "either way" and "anyway"

    Hello,
    Now I'm at home, and of course it's my thread

    Thank you all!

    Now I see that it's better to use "either way" when both options are clearly visible.
    (It's not wrong as Barb_D says, but "anyway" could be a bit better.)

    And Kondorosi, you can use all my threads for your questions

    Cheers!

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