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    #1

    either / as well

    Hello everybody!

    I have some difficulty determining whether to use either or as well in the following sentence. I would appreciate it if you helped me.

    1) He wasn't there today. It is unlikely that he's going to be there tomorrow either.

    2) He wasn't there today. It is unlikely that he's going to be there tomorrow as well.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: either / as well

    Use "either" with something negative.

    I don't like lima beans.
    I don't like them either.

    He's not here today.
    He won't be here tomorrow either.

    Use "too" or "as well" with something positive.

    I'll have some carrots. I'd like some peas as well.
    I'm inviting Peter. I'm inviting Joe as well.
    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 / as well

    Thanks so much for the answer but the reason I'm confused with the sentences I provided in the original post is that the to be verb in "is unlikely" isn't negative though the meaning is negative. So according to your explanation the sentence 1 is correct, right?

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    Re: either / as well

    As you point out, the meaning is negative.

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