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    ALSO / EITHER in negations

    Hello everybody,
    Which is the correct way of agreeing with a negation? We were taught that a negative verb can be followed only by EITHER, and that such sentences never take ALSO/TOO/AS WELL there.
    E.g.: I don't like fish EITHER. (NOT: I ALSO don't like fish. (OR) I don't like fish, TOO / AS WELL).
    E.g. This rule doesn't explain the newly-discovered tendency EITHER. (NOT: This rule ALSO doesn't explain the newly-discovered tendency. (OR) This rule doesn't explain the newly-discovered tendency, TOO / AS WELL).
    Do I understand it right or have I got it wrong somewhere? Can we never use ALSO / TOO / AS WELL with negative verbs? Are the examples in brackets incorrect, or do we simply use them in different situations?
    Thank you so much for your help in advance!

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    Re: ALSO / EITHER in negations

    You have got it right.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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