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    #1

    Either or

    Hi, can someone please tell me if all of my sentences are correct?


    1. I want to go to either the mountains or the beach.
    2. I want to either go to the mountains or the beach.
    3. Either I want to go to the mountains or the beach.


    Thank you!

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    #2

    Re: Either or

    When you are deaing with a sentence like this (or one that is "neither/nor" or one that is "not only/but also") you need to look for parallelism.

    Either [type of speech] or [same type of speech]. You should be able to switch those words exactly and have a grammatical sentence.


    1. I want to go to either [the mountains] or [the beach]. --> Switch: I want to go to either [the beach] or [the mountains]. Grammatical? Yes. Logical? Yes. This works.
    2. I want to either [go to the mountains] or [the beach]. --> Switch: I want to either [the beach] or [go to the mountains]. Garmmatical and logical What do you think?
    3. Do this one yourself.


    What conclusions can you draw?

    Even though people will know what you mean, you'll know whether you've written a good sentence.
    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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    #3

    Re: Either or

    I think number 2 is neither grammatical nor logical when you switch it and I think number 3 is grammatical and logical:-

    3. Either I want to go to [the mountains] or [the beach].
    Either I want to go to [the beach] or [the mountains].

    Am I correct?

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    #4

    Re: Either or

    Hello, Anne59.
    I agree with you about #2.

    As for #3, I think you should do it like this:
    Either [I want to go to the mountains] or [the beach].

    What do you think?

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    #5

    Re: Either or

    Ah! OK so the only correct sentence is number one.

    Thank you Barb_d & tzfujimino for your help!

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