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how to pronounce either

I was told several times that the pronunciation of either as "ee-ther" was American English whilst pronouncing it like "eye-ther" was British. Only: I do not know anybody from the UK who says "eye-ther" -- even in British films they use the assumed American version. Is "eye-ther" dying? Does only the Queen use it? Does it therefore sound strange when I use it?

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Re: how to pronounce either

Quote Originally Posted by pipelette View Post
I was told several times that the pronunciation of either as "ee-ther" was American English whilst pronouncing it like "eye-ther" was British. Only: I do not know anybody from the UK who says "eye-ther" -- even in British films they use the assumed American version. Is "eye-ther" dying? Does only the Queen use it? Does it therefore sound strange when I use it?
I say 'eye-ther', and I do not have an ounce of royal blood in me. Either rhymes with neither. Do Americans say kneether ? I do not know.

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Re: how to pronounce either

I love Fred Astaire, and he sang it, but the Gershwins wrote it.

What's odd is that I probably say "neye-ther" more often than "nee-ther" but I think I say both versions of either!

I do say "me neether" - but then, I say "neye-ther do I"... so... who knows?

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Re: how to pronounce either

Longman polled panel preference in Britain in1988: 88% /awə/, 12% /i+ ə/ and 1993 AmE poll: 16% / awd/ vs 84% /i+ d/. Please note the 1st pronunciation is the "eye-ther" version and the 2nd "ee-ther" version.

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Re: how to pronounce either

Both forms of pronouncing the word "either" are correct in both varieties of English. So feel free to pronounce it as you feel like it. However, the ,let's say, most used form is ee-ther. I personally prefer eye-ther

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Re: how to pronounce either

Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
Thanks, Anglika -- this is really helpful! For a German it sometimes is quite difficult to understand the many possible variations of the English language (not only in terms of pronunciation ..!)

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Re: how to pronounce either

Quote Originally Posted by fromatto View Post
I say 'eye-ther', and I do not have an ounce of royal blood in me. Either rhymes with neither. Do Americans say kneether ? I do not know.
Thanks! -- And: Yes, Americans say "knee-ther"!

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