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    either or not?

    Hello,
    I think it's not good to use either here:
    P1: Do you have a boyfriend?
    P2: No, I don't have. And you?
    P1: I don't have a girlfriend either.


    If person 2 wouldn't have a girlfriend, I could use either.
    But since person 2 has no boyfriend and I have no girlfriend, either would be wrong.

    What do you mean?

    Cheers!

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    Re: either or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Hello,
    I think it's not good to use either here:
    P1: Do you have a boyfriend?
    P2: No, I don't. And you?
    P1: Me neither. (Or: I don't have a girlfriend either.)

    If person 2 wouldn't have a girlfriend, I could use either.
    But since person 2 has no boyfriend and I have no girlfriend, either would be wrong.

    What do you mean? (Das ist eine wörtliche Übersetzung von "Was meint ihr?" "What do you think?" ist die richtige Übersetzung.)

    Cheers!
    I hope that helps!

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    Re: either or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Hello,
    I think it's not good to use either here:
    P1: Do you have a boyfriend?
    P2: No, I don't
    have. And you?
    P1: No, and I don't have a girlfriend either!


    If person 2 wouldn't have a girlfriend, I could use either.
    But since person 2 has no boyfriend and I have no girlfriend, either would be wrong.

    What do you mean?

    Cheers!
    If the original question referred to a boyfriend, then the reply and the ensuing question "And you?" can only refer to a boyfriend. Therefore, the final statement could only be "No, I don't have a boyfriend either".

    However, if the person making the final statement only wants to refer to a girlfriend, then "either" is unnecessary. They would have to say "No, I don't [have a boyfriend]."

    I think a better answer would be to first answer the actual question : "And you? Do you have a boyfriend?" with "No, I don't", but to then add the qualifying statement "...and I don't have a girlfriend either".

    This is how I've corrected your question above.

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    Re: either or not?

    Thanks.

    emsr2d2, but this sounds as if I would be interested in men and women, which is not the case
    (Only interested in women.)

    Person 1 = I, a man
    Person 2 = She, a girl

    Do you think her question:
    "No, I don't. And you?" would actually mean that she asks me if I have a boyfriend?
    (Both she and I know that its meaning is girlfriend, but maybe the question isn't that proper?)

    Another option would be:
    P1: Do you have a life partner?
    P2: No, I don't. And you?"
    P1: No, I don't have one either."


    Cheers!

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    Re: either or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Hello,
    I think it's not good to use either here:
    P1: Do you have a boyfriend?
    P2: No, I don't have. And you?
    P1: I don't have a girlfriend either.

    If person 2 wouldn't have a girlfriend, I could use either.
    But since person 2 has no boyfriend and I have no girlfriend, either would be wrong.

    What do you mean?

    Cheers!

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Good afternoon, Nightmare.

    In case you don't know, there is a term used by a lot of people

    in the United States that means husband or wife or boyfriend or

    girlfriend or anyone with whom you have a relationship:

    Your SIGNIFICANT OTHER.

    So if someone is having a party, s/he might say:

    I'm inviting you to my party next Saturday. Please feel free

    to bring your significant other.

    So this means a man can bring any woman; a woman can bring any

    man; a man can bring any man; a woman can bring any woman.

    *****


    Tom: Do you have a significant other?

    Mona: No, I don't. Do you?

    Tom: No, I don't. So would you like to have dinner with me tonight?

    Mona: I would be delighted.

    Tom: What do you feel like tonight?

    Mona: I feel like Chinese.

    Tom: Okey-doke. I'll take you to my favorite Chinese restaurant.

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