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    #1

    you can only choose one between two

    Dear All,

    If I try to express the meaning that you can only choose one between two, but you can have both of them simultaneously.
    What can I say?
    Can I say "you can choose either one of them"?

    Thank you

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    Re: you can only choose one between two

    Quote Originally Posted by joseph0928 View Post
    "you can choose either one of them"
    I think the above does not suggest the following:

    Quote Originally Posted by joseph0928 View Post
    you can have both of them simultaneously.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: you can only choose one between two

    Yes, you can say "You can choose either one of them", but saying you can only choose one and you can have both is a contradiction.

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    #4

    Re: you can only choose one between two

    I think the following definition has confused the OP.
    '3 either side/end/hand etc . both sides, ends, hands etc'── quoted from http://ldoceonline.com/dictionary/either_2
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    Re: you can only choose one between two

    You can take one or both would cover it for me.

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