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    #1

    either

    1-All of them were either old or expensive.
    2-They were all either old or expensive.
    3-They all were either old or expensive.
    4-They were either all old or all expensive.
    5-They were either all old or expensive.
    6-Either they were all old or expensive.


    To which of the cases below each of the sentences above corresponds:
    a-Either all of them were old or all of them were expensive. I don't know which.
    b-I saw them. They were of two sorts: old or expensive.
    c-ambiguous
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    #2

    Re: either

    I don't see the a) meaning here- I don't see where the idea of my ignorance would come from.

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    #3

    Re: either

    Thanks TDOL,

    Either I have expressed myself badly again or the question itself is complicated! I don't know which.

    Either the books you bought were old or they were expensive, because John thinks you shouldn't have bought them. I know John. He thinks that one should only buy new paperbacks. So, from what he said, I conclude that the books you bought were either old or expensive. I don't know which.

    Doesn't that make sense?

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    #4

    Re: either

    I'd say 1-3 could be in both categories and 4-6 would fall into one only.

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