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    How do you pronounce the word "either"?
    More like "i-ther" or "ee-ther"?

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    I pronounce it like ee-ther. Many Americans pronounce it like eye-ther.
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    Do you speak standard American English or any regional dialect, if I may ask you?
    I've heard both versions, but I find "ee-ther" sounds better.

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    #4

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    Quote Originally Posted by krisfromgermany View Post
    Do you speak standard American English or any regional dialect, if I may ask you?
    I've heard both versions, but I find "ee-ther" sounds better.
    I speak with an Appalachian-influenced accent. I don't know whether this variation depends more on accent or family though. In my experience it seems to depend mostly on family.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #5

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    According to the Longman Pronunciation Dictionary, 87% of speakers of BrE say eye-ther; 84% of speakers of AmE say ee-ther.

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    #6

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    I'm surprised the British result is so high. I say eye-ther, but struggle to believe that only 13% say ee-ther.

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    #7

    Re: either

    I use both.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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