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

Mori

Member
Joined
Mar 31, 2008
Location
Isfahan
Member Type
English Teacher
Native Language
Persian
Home Country
Iran
Current Location
Iran
"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.
 

Rover_KE

Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Jun 20, 2010
Member Type
Retired English Teacher
Native Language
English
Home Country
England
Current Location
England
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?
 

Mori

Member
Joined
Mar 31, 2008
Location
Isfahan
Member Type
English Teacher
Native Language
Persian
Home Country
Iran
Current Location
Iran
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?
It's an exercise in a textbook. Here's a screenshot.
 
Last edited:

Charlie Bernstein

VIP Member
Joined
Jan 28, 2009
Member Type
Other
Native Language
English
Home Country
United States
Current Location
United States
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.
 
Top