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    either ... or

    Dear Friends,

    Which of the two is correct:

    Either me or my brother prepare the breakfast.
    Either me or my brother prepares the breakfast.?

    Thank you very much.

    Palinkasocsi

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    #2

    Re: either ... or

    Quote Originally Posted by palinkasocsi View Post
    Dear Friends,

    Which of the two is correct:

    Either me or my brother prepare the breakfast.
    Either me or my brother prepares the breakfast.?

    Thank you very much.

    Palinkasocsi
    Hi,

    Your first sentence is nice, you must write without 's' it's the same if you use neither .. nor, because your both subjects are singular.

    Cordially,


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    #3

    Re: either ... or

    Thank you The French.

    Any natives on this?

    Palinkasocsi


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    #4

    Re: either ... or

    Quote Originally Posted by palinkasocsi View Post
    Dear Friends,

    Which of the two is correct:

    Either me or my brother prepare the breakfast.
    Either me or my brother prepares the breakfast.?

    Thank you very much.

    Palinkasocsi
    Either my brother or me prepares the breakfast.
    My brother and I [together] prepare the breakfast

    Note how "me" is placed second in agreement with the convention that the other person carries more importance.

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    #5

    Re: either ... or

    And we could also use I instead of me, right?
    (Both were correct, I guess)

    Cheers!

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    #6

    Re: either ... or

    Well, I prepares would seem weird.


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    #7

    Re: either ... or

    Quote Originally Posted by palinkasocsi View Post
    Dear Friends,

    Which of the two is correct:

    Either me or my brother prepare the breakfast.
    Either me or my brother prepares the breakfast.?

    Thank you very much.

    Palinkasocsi
    Ok - not a teacher, just the grandson of one, son of one, husband of one and father of one.

    Should this not read

    Either I or my brother prepare the breakfast.

    You would not say

    me prepare the breakfast

    you would say

    I prepare the breakfast


    If I am wrong, please let me know.

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    #8

    Re: either ... or

    Quote Originally Posted by David Carlson View Post
    Ok - not a teacher, just the grandson of one, son of one, husband of one and father of one.

    Should this not read

    Either I or my brother prepare the breakfast.

    You would not say

    me prepare the breakfast

    you would say

    I prepare the breakfast


    If I am wrong, please let me know.
    "Either my brother or I prepare breakfast" with "Either I or my brother...." in second place.



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    #9

    Re: either ... or

    So you say that if you use 'I' instead of 'me' in:

    Either my brother or I prepare ...

    then in this case we cannot use the singular (prepares) form. Otherwise it's:

    Either my brother or me prepares ...

    Is this the right understanding?

    Palinkasocsi

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    #10

    Re: either ... or

    Hi, Palinkasocsi,

    I give you the answer, when you use 'Either... or' or 'Neither..nor' with two singular subjects you must write the verb in the singular form. It is the same if you write I or me.

    See you later. (I am not a teacher).

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