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    specific question I.

    Thank you ahead for your reactions:

    1] Either / Neither

    What gender do we use in sentences with either and neither? Which of these sentences are correct? What I am trying to express is a distinct response, firstly in case I like both options and secondly I like only one of the options. Here we go:

    Do you like strawberries and pinneaple? I like either fruit.
    Do you like strawberries and pinneaple? I like either fruits.
    Will you deliver both pizza orders? I will deliver either of orders.
    Will you deliver both pizza orders? I will deliver either of order.


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    And others...which ones are correct?

    Do you like strawberries and pinneaple? I like neither fruits.
    Do you like strawberries and pinneaple? I like neither fruit.
    Do you like strawberries and pinneaple? I like neither of the fruits.
    Do you like strawberries and pinneaple? I like neither of the fruit.

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    Re: specific question I.

    It's not gender here, but number. "Either" and "neither" are singular. Added to which, "fruit" is often considered uncountable anyway (as in the saying "oranges are not the only fruit").

    The example with "either fruit", though, doesn't really fit. "Either" implies there is a choice of one or the other, but you are actually saying you like both fruit (or "both types of fruit" -- "both" is plural). With the pizza, you should either say "either order" or "either of the orders". (The last one is short for "either one of the orders" -- it looks like it takes a plural, but it doesn't really.)

    Also: "I like neither fruit" or, possibly, "I like neither of the fruit" (but the first sounds more natural to me).

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    Re: specific question I.

    Quote Originally Posted by jirikoo View Post
    Thank you in advance for your response:

    1] Either / Neither

    What ? gender? -do you mean determiner? do we use in sentences with either and neither? Which of these sentences are correct? What I am trying to express is a distinct response, firstly in case I like both options and secondly I like only one of the options. Here we go:

    Do you like strawberries and pinneaple? I like either/both - you don't need to specify the fruit. I only like strawberries/pineapple -you need to specify which one you like.

    Will you deliver both pizza orders? Yes, either one, or both- or - No, neither one nor the other



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    And others...which ones are correct?

    Do you like strawberries and pinneaple? I like neither of them.
    Do you like strawberries and pinneaple? No, neither, I don't like fruit.



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