It’s your choice! Either she leaves or I will!

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It’s your choice! Either she leaves or I will!

I found that sentence in Longman. I wonder, shouldn't it be Either she WILL LEAVE or I will?
 

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I believe that some languages require the future tense in such constructions. English is not one of them.
 

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Would it be wrong if one said, 'Either she will leave or I will'?
Yes. I consider the dictionary sentence wrong too.

When giving ultimatums, we typically use this pattern: Either something happens or something happens, with both clauses in the simple present. There's absolutely no reason to use will in either of the clauses in this case. See post #2 for the right phrasing.
 
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Yes. I consider the dictionary sentence wrong too.

When giving ultimatums, we typically use this pattern: Either something happens or something happens, with both clauses in the simple present. There's absolutely no reason to use will in either of the clauses in this case. See post #2 for the right way phrasing.
OK, but what if it's not an ultimatum? What if it's a prediction instead?
 

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OK, but what if it's not an ultimatum? What if it's a prediction instead?
Then that's a completely different meaning, in which case you should use predictive will in both clauses.

The co-textual sentence It's your choice! in the Longman entry is clearly intended to show that this is an ultimatum, not a prediction.
 
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