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    Question Neither, Either and Both

    Teacher, Good Morning

    I would like to know how the difference both these three worlds.

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    Re: Neither, Either and Both

    Neither means none of a list of choices: Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.

    Either means one of two choices: I can't decide between the Corvette and the Prius. Either one would suit me.

    Both means every one of two (and only two) choices: ​Both the Corvette and the Prius are too expensive.
    Last edited by GoesStation; 05-May-2016 at 18:21. Reason: Correct my definition of "either".
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Neither, Either and Both

    I would have said that "either" is for a choice of two and "any" is for a choice of three or more.


    Would you prefer tea or coffee?
    Either one would be fine, thanks.
    Neither one, thanks. But maybe a glass of water?

    Would you like milk, iced tea, or lemonade?
    Any of those would be fine, thanks.
    I wouldn't care for any of them, thanks. But maybe a glass of water?
    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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    Re: Neither, Either and Both

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Neither means none of a list of choices: Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.
    The exmple you quote proves that what I say below is not an absolute rule, but it generally works:

    Use 'neither' when you are speaking of two cases, 'none' when you are speaking of more than two.

    Neither of my children went to university. I have two children.
    None of my children went to university.​ I have three or more children.

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