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    #1

    'either' or 'too'

    Look at the following sentence pattern, if you please:

    “She does not write to me any more, she rarely phones me …”
    and here comes the big question)):
    Shall I use “either’ at the end of such a sentence or is it still "too"?

    “Either” sounds better to me but since there is no formal negation in the second part of the sentence I wonder.

    Thks in advance.

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    Re: 'either' or 'too'

    Also and too are used in positive sentences, either and neither in negative ones. Rarely means not often.
    Last edited by Casiopea; 12-May-2007 at 09:55.


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    Re: 'either' or 'too'

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    Also and too are used in positive sentences, either and neither in negative ones. Rarely means not often.
    I am aware of that.
    But which is the sentence above - negative or positive?
    There is negation in its first part and negation is implied in the second part - "she does not phone me as often as I would like it"

    So?

    Or are you trying to tell me that I shall leave it without anything at the end - just looks now.


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    Re: 'either' or 'too'

    I wonder what a native speaker would use in that sentence..

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    Re: 'either' or 'too'

    I, for one, wouldn't use either (but you could)--the verbs aren't negated the same way. I'd use,

    Ex: She does not write to me anymore and she rarely calls.

    Too and also would sound odd to me.


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    Re: 'either' or 'too'

    I see, you would not use "either" just as you wouldn't use either of them because it sounds odd to you.

    If it sounds odd, then I do not want to use it either.
    Thank you. ))

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