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    #1

    The use of either

    Hello all,
    I have been seeing lately affirmative phrases with either, but I thought it wasn't possible to use either in these phrases, only in negative ones.
    For example:
    You are either with us or against us.
    He wanted to build either a gambling casino or a convent.
    What's the meaning of 'either' in these phrases?

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    #2

    Re: The use of either

    Hello Pid

    There are two choices. One excludes the other. Before the first choice, you put "either"; before the second choice, you put "or". Thus:

    1. You are either with us or against us =

    2. You are Choice 1: with us Choice 2: against us.

    Does that help?

    MrP

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    #3

    Re: The use of either

    yeah completely, regards!

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