Student or Learner
Which ones of these sentences are right?
1.I like both those pictures
2.I like both of those pictures
3.I like either of those pictures
I agree with you 2006. I am not a native speaker but that sentence sounded a bit awkward to me too.
You can walk on either side of the road. (left or right)
Either sentence is fine. (You can use sentence #1 or sentence #2)
Either way you will end up being fooled. (this way or that way)
I like either of those pictures. (somehow, this doesn't seem to fit in the above pattern)
"I do not like either of my maths teacher."
Swan PEU, 174. 2.
either here means:
Cambridge Dictionaries Online - Cambridge University Press
I do not like either of my maths teacher
For negative sentences it's fine, I think. It takes the place of any when there are only two things involved.
Yes, but there is no dichotomy with liking. It is perfectly reasonable to like both pictures. Using "either" presents a false dichotomy. If, for instance, I had been offered one of the two pictures as a gift, and was invited to choose, I might say "I would like either." But, simply asked to give my opinion or judgment about them, I wouldn't say "I like either of the two." In fact it's incongruous with the act of liking.
I like either of those pictures.
either = both
What is the stickyard here? What makes the first sentence acceptable and not the second? I am pretty sure it is not the positive-negative thingy if there is something at all.
In this case, "either" does NOT mean both.
I agree with the other native speakers here.
I would like either of those pictures is natural. (If given the choice to have one, I'd be happy with either one.)
I like both of those pictures is natural
I do NOT like either of those pictures is natural.
I like either of the pitures is NOT natural.