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    Are you Nobody too(either)?

    Hello,

    I’m Nobody! Who are you? (260) by Emily Dickinson, 1830 - 1886

    I’m Nobody! Who are you?
    Are you – Nobody – too?
    ...................................

    This is only short part of Dickinson's poem. I would like to ask if I can use 'either' istead of 'too' because there is 'nobody' which makes the sentence negative.

    Are you – Nobody – either?

    Thanks.

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    Re: Are you Nobody too(either)?

    We can write anything we want and call it 'poetry', but 'either' doesn't work in this context.

    In a real conversation, you might hear

    A: You look familiar. Are you somebody famous?

    B: No. I'm nobody. Are you nobody, too?

    A: No — I'm somebody: I'm Tony Blair.

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    Re: Are you Nobody too(either)?

    Sorry but there is something I cannot get. If "Are you nobody?" is equal to "Are you not anybody?" why cannot I put "either"?

    - Are you not anybody, either?
    - Are you nobody, too?

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