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    Either, neither , any

    Please confirm my understanding of the following sentences. THANKS IN ADVANCE.

    1) Either of the students is willing to do that chore.
    My understanding: There are two students. One of them is willing to do that chore.

    2) Neither of the students is willing to do that chore.
    My understanding: There are two students. None of them is willing to do that chore.

    3) Any of the students is willing to do that chore.
    My understanding: The number of students is unknown but one of the students is willing to do that chore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toloue_man View Post
    Please confirm my understanding of the following sentences. THANKS IN ADVANCE. Unnecessary statement and certainly didn't need to be all in capital letters.

    1) Either of the students is willing to do that chore. Unnatural sentence in English. I suggest "Either one of the students would be willing to do that chore". It doesn't matter which one you ask, they will say yes.
    My understanding: There are two students. One of them is willing to do that chore.

    2) Neither of the students is willing to do that chore.
    My understanding: There are two students. None of them is willing to do that chore.

    3) Any of the students is willing to do that chore. Unnatural sentence in English. I suggest "Any one of the students would be willing to do that chore". However, that doesn't mean that only one of them is willing to do it. It means that they are all willing and it doesn't matter which one of the students you choose, they will say "Yes".
    My understanding: The number of students is unknown but one of the students is willing to do that chore.
    If you want it to mean that, you have to say "Only one of the students is willing to do that chore".

    See above.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 05-Jun-2013 at 17:57.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Either, neither , any

    It seems strange. I mentioned the first sentence exactly from Marcella Frank book that is Modern English. It is mentioned on page 32 that (Exactly duplicated from his book, even punctuation and bold words are the same as his book):

    Either, neither, and any, when they express a choice, require singular verbs in formal English (the word one being understood after them): Either (or neither, any) of the students is willing to do that chore. In informal English these words often take plural verbs.

    That's why I said regarding the third sentence that "one student is willing to do that chore"

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    Re: Either, neither , any

    Quote Originally Posted by toloue_man View Post
    It seems strange. I mentioned the first sentence exactly from Marcella Frank book that is Modern English. It is mentioned on page 32 that (Exactly duplicated from his book, even punctuation and bold words are the same as his book):

    Either, neither, and any, when they express a choice, require singular verbs in formal English (the word one being understood after them): Either (or neither, any) of the students is willing to do that chore. In informal English these words often take plural verbs.
    Well, Marcella Frank has not chosen the most natural of sentences to make this point. There are no COCA citations for 'Either of the [plural noun] [modal/singular verb] as subject of a sentence.

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    So he has also made some mistakes such as the last one, hasn't he?

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    #6

    Re: Either, neither , any

    For sentence one, both students are willing to do it, not just one of them.

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    Re: Either, neither , any

    It seems even native speakers of English have problem understanding the meaning of these sentences let alone me!!!

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    Re: Either, neither , any

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    For sentence one, both students are willing to do it, not just one of them.
    I suggest you to read the thread from the beginning to the end carefully.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toloue_man View Post
    I suggest you to read the thread from the beginning to the end carefully.
    I suggest you read post #2. Both are willing, but only one will actually have to do it.

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    Re: Either, neither , any

    What do you think about the last one?

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