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    craterus is offline Newbie
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    neither and either

    quişzess of the in this site is mention about either and neither. there are two questions and the true answer is ; We _do not use ___ a negative verb with 'neither' and We use a negative verb with either . after that ı am confused .in my prep caless teacher told me not to use either with negative sentences and verb we can use positive verbs and sentences with either would you like to explain me how this happen? thanks a lot...

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    Re: neither and either

    Quote Originally Posted by craterus View Post
    quişzess of the in this site is mention about either and neither. there are two questions and the true answer is ; We _do not use ___ a negative verb with 'neither' and We use a negative verb with either . after that ı am confused .in my prep caless teacher told me not to use either with negative sentences and verb we can use positive verbs and sentences with either would you like to explain me how this happen? thanks a lot...
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Good afternoon, Craterus.

    (1) Yes, these two words can be confusing. Here are a few examples for you to study:

    ***** NEITHER

    Tom and Joe are friends. Neither can speak French. (Tom can't

    speak French, and Joe can't speak French.)

    Neither Tom nor Joe can speak French. (Tom can't speak French, and

    Joe can't speak French.)

    You do not like mushrooms. Neither do I (like mushrooms) = I also do not

    like mushrooms.


    ***** EITHER

    Tom cannot speak French. Joe can't speak French, either. =

    Joe also cannot speak French.

    I have only one ticket to the concert. Either you or Mona can have the

    ticket. = You can have the ticket, or Mona can have the ticket.

    If you have more questions, please post again. Have a nice day!

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    Re: neither and either

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Good afternoon, Craterus.

    (1) Yes, these two words can be confusing. Here are a few examples for you to study:

    ***** NEITHER

    Tom and Joe are friends. Neither can speak French. (Tom can't

    speak French, and Joe can't speak French.)

    Neither Tom nor Joe can speak French. (Tom can't speak French, and

    Joe can't speak French.)

    You do not like mushrooms. Neither do I (like mushrooms) = I also do not

    like mushrooms.


    ***** EITHER

    Tom cannot speak French. Joe can't speak French, either. =

    Joe also cannot speak French.

    I have only one ticket to the concert. Either you or Mona can have the

    ticket. = You can have the ticket, or Mona can have the ticket.

    If you have more questions, please post again. Have a nice day!
    thanks for answering but ı still have problem with these conjunction . either is used with negative verbs "why?" it does not need to be used for positive vebs, does it? if not, why?

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    Re: neither and either

    Quote Originally Posted by craterus View Post
    thanks for answering but ı still have problem with these conjunction . either is used with negative verbs "why?" it does not need to be used for positive vebs, does it? if not, why?
    EITHER, NEITHER
    These distributive words are normally used with singular nouns, and are
    placed before the noun.
    Either and neither can be used with plural nouns.

    Either and Neither are concerned with distribution between two things -
    either is positive, neither is negative:

    Which chair do you want? Either chair will do.
    I can stay at either hotel, they are both good
    There are two chairs here. You can take either of them.
    Neither chair is any good, they're both too small.
    Which chair do you want? Neither of them - they're both too small.

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