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    "I either" or "either I" in "And I either make her breakfast or she makes it for me"?

    And I either make her breakfast or she makes it for me.
    Jay Maurer, Focus on Grammar, page 23


    Shouldn't it be:
    And either I make her breakfast or she makes it for me.

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    Re: "I either" or "either I" in "And I either make her breakfast or she makes it for

    Yes.

    What grammatical point was the author making in the first sentence?

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    Re: "I either" or "either I" in "And I either make her breakfast or she makes it for

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Yes.

    What grammatical point was the author making in the first sentence?
    It's an exercise in a textbook. Here's a screenshot.
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    Re: "I either" or "either I" in "And I either make her breakfast or she makes it for

    Good question!

    It's wrong, but it the statement is understandable and not a big deal.

    When you start with "I either," the "or" you follow it with should be about you:

    I either do this or I do that.

    And that's not what the writer did there. By changing it to "Either I," the "or" would refer to someone or something else:

    Either I will or she will.


    And that's really what the writer meant.

    Sometimes the either can mean the same thing on either side:

    Either I will or I won't.
    I either will or won't.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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