either vs neither

either neither

Definitions

  • 1) Each of two; the one and the other; both; -- formerly, also, each of any number.
  • 2) One of two; the one or the other; -- properly used of two things, but sometimes of a larger number, for any one.
  • 3) conjunctive, after a negative as well
  • 4) after a negative statement used as an intensive meaning something like `likewise' or `also'
  • 5) In one case; according to one choice or supposition (in a series of two or more): a disjunctive conjunction, preceding one of a series of two or more alternative clauses, and correlative with or before the following clause or clauses. Sometimes, as in poetry, or is used before the first clause also.
  • 6) Being one and the other of two; being both of two, or each of two taken together but viewed separately: as, they took seats on either side.
  • 7) In any case; at all: used adverbially, for emphasis, after a sentence expressing a negation of one or two alternatives, or of all alternatives: corresponding to too similarly used after affirmative sentences: as, he tried it, and didn't succeed; then I tried it, but I didn't succeed, either. That's mine; no, it isn't, either.
  • 8) Being one or the other of two, taken indifferently or as the case requires: referring to two units or particulars of a class: as, it can be done in either way; take either apple; the boat will land on either side.
  • 9) [In this use, each or both, according to construction, is nearly if not quite always to be preferred. Properly, either refers indefinitely to one or the other of two (and often in actual use, though less accurately, to some one of any number); each, definitely to every one of two or any larger number considered individually: a distinctness of signification which ought to be maintained, since interchange of the words (less practised by careful writers now than formerly) offers no advantage, but may create ambiguity. Both, two together, one and the other taken jointly, should be preferred when this is the specific sense; but both and each may often be interchanged. Thus, the camp may be pitched on either side of the stream (on one or the other side indifferently); there were two camps, one on each side; the camp was pitched on both sides (one camp, divided); there are fine buildings on both sides of the street, or on each side, but not on either side.]
  • 10) One or the other; one of two, taken indifferently.
  • 11) Each of two; the one and the other.
  • 12) Introduces the first of two options, the second of which is introduced by "or".
  • 13) Either precedes two, or more, coördinate words or phrases, and is introductory to an alternative. It is correlative to or.
  • 14) obsolete Both, each of two (people or things).
  • 15) One or other of two people or things.

Definitions

  • 1) Not either; not the one or the other.
  • 2) not either; not one or the other
  • 3) conjunctive similarly not
  • 4) Noteither.Seeeither.
  • 5) Andnot;noryet.
  • 6) not either (used with nor)
  • 7) Not either; generally used to introduce the first of two or more coördinate clauses of which those that follow begin with nor.
  • 8) [Obs.] by no means.
  • 9) not either one
  • 10) not one of two; not either

Examples

  • 1) either way think about why it was so easy to cheat.
  • 2) Nowhere has there been anything on either side resembling an infantry advance.
  • 3) Most of the time people were either shouting or mumbling.
  • 4) There is no turning back the clock on either of those fronts.
  • 5) We either have the money or the car.
  • 6) either you put it in the past or you get yourself down.
  • 7) And not just any nominee either.
  • 8) Their attacks can either end inside the box, or they can score from long range.
  • 9) A draw is not much use to either of them.
  • 10) An extra day is available for free with either three days for the price of two, or four days for the price of three.
  • 11) Scholars of violin performance will find little to detain them here about either technique or repertoire.
  • 12) Items at either end of the concert provided welcome ballast.
  • 13) They may exist because either pastor or people have been hurt.
  • 14) This means your money will either be earning no interest or very little interest.
  • 15) You put in either your fingerprint or a personal identification number.
  • 16) He learnt how to tie knots and to use scissors with either hand.
  • 17) They were either free transfers or loan signings.
  • 18) No one in either country has voted for more asymmetric devolution.
  • 19) Things are either voluntary or they are not.
  • 20) Say you either tackle the issues which are making her hold back or call it a day.
  • 21) People seemed to want either to cry or spit.
  • 22) Commitment goes deeper than either of you are yet to realise.
  • 23) The boss declined the invitation to criticise the lack of effort of his team afterwards either.
  • 24) Why are there so few women on either front bench?
  • 25) No one was hurt in either incident.
  • 26) Regulation of the press is a matter either recognised in law or it is not.
  • 27) Police said they would have objected if they had known either man was there.
  • 28) He just needs either to delve deeper or to have more life on which to report.
  • 29) We want a civilised human being at either end of the competition and a savage in the middle.
  • 30) The idea is to arrive at a design that cannot be improved either by taking anything away or adding anything to it.
  • 31) Why did we come to think this was affordable, either personally or nationally?
  • 32) Yet he was afraid of something, and not anything physical either.
  • 33) ‘Nine out of 29 households participated in the scheme either regularly or occasionally.’
  • 34) ‘It was introduced from North America either by accident or design from Victorian times.’
  • 35) ‘Her paintings are in either bright colours or black and white.’
  • 36) ‘He sought to argue in the alternative that he either was insane at the time he killed her or he was so drunk that he was incapable of forming the intent to do so.’
  • 37) ‘This can happen either occasionally during cell wounding or regularly during cytokinesis and meiosis.’
  • 38) ‘Other treatments may be used either as alternatives, or in combination with a facelift.’
  • 39) ‘Then either through tiredness of lack of concentration, Celtic began to lose the plot.’
  • 40) ‘He had on a black and white stripped shirt with a pair of black pants and was either a bartender or a referee.’
  • 41) ‘We were fairly certain that the pilot either blacked out again or ran out of fuel.’
  • 42) ‘Her hair was either naturally black or she had it dyed that color, my guess is that it was dyed.’
  • 43) ‘He was not selected in either the All Black senior team or junior team which was named earlier this week.’
  • 44) ‘Behind the sticker there should either be a small black piece of plastic or just a hole, as shown below.’
  • 45) ‘Inside you find grippy sports seats, either in boring black or with bright contrast trim.’
  • 46) ‘As a rough rule of thumb, the best rates are available either over the internet or from some of the aggressive building societies.’
  • 47) ‘But the guys I can talk to either aren't available to me or wouldn't understand.’
  • 48) ‘Mrs Atkins called for the money either to be made available to the nurses for whom it was intended or returned to the original donors.’
  • 49) ‘Plants are also available mail order either via the website or by ringing 01904 728506.’
  • 50) ‘I have also now made the track available for download in either WMA or MP3 format.’
  • 51) ‘This would be accompanied with either one or two gallon cans of tea.’
  • 52) ‘We want to discuss this face to face, you need to either be available on Saturday Morning or come out and see us.’
  • 53) ‘Can we either provide a link or a brief explanation in future, please?’
  • 54) ‘As usual, you can either follow the links, or read the cut and paste articles below.’
  • 55) ‘Each member receives a monthly statement showing either a debit or credit balance.’
  • 56) ‘Perhaps your newspaper can help by either publishing this letter or informing your readers through an article.’
  • 57) ‘You don't need to be a genius to work out the similarities either.’
  • 58) ‘I don't believe that the Reserve Bank believes that there is a strong link either.’
  • 59) ‘Needless to say I won't be writing to them for permission to use these links either.’
  • 60) ‘No knocks, creaks or rattles either, indicating that it's been well screwed together.’
  • 61) ‘And I am not going to open any of her letters either, they can go straight in the bin.’
  • 62) ‘The players were not available for that tie either and, six years on, not much appears to have changed.’
  • 63) ‘The harder path, if we have the will, isn't paved with yellow bricks and it isn't black and white either.’
  • 64) ‘In fact, increasing your size won't matter either, so grab a cream bun whenever you like.’
  • 65) ‘There is no such thing as a Great Novel, divorced from its readers, or an absolute stinker of a novel either, for that matter.’
  • 66) ‘It wasn't something that Joan could easily ignore either; no matter how hard she tried.’
  • 67) ‘Well, it does not matter any more either, apparently - we just go with those polls.’
  • 68) ‘Nor did I know how long that would be the case for us both, either, as a matter of fact.’
  • 69) ‘The added sugar and salt in the sauce will not help health matters, either.’
  • 70) ‘The copious quantities of salt in this product are unlikely to help matters either.’
  • 71) ‘A win would secure top spot for either of us, a loss could have seen either team drop out.’
  • 72) ‘Equal rights to custody means that a child born outside of marriage can live with either parent.’
  • 73) ‘These two groups have changed the world, but not in the way that either intended.’
  • 74) ‘There are plenty of people with libertarian values who don't feel at home in either party.’
  • 75) ‘Holding federal elections before either event would not win public favour.’
  • 76) ‘Get yourself to either venue this weekend and you'll see theatre that makes you believe in theatre again.’
  • 77) ‘Journey time to either city is around 5 to 6 hours - the road is in a decent state.’
  • 78) ‘It was a very tight tough game with few chances created by either team.’
  • 79) ‘Then the event started and I didn't get a chance to introduce myself to either of those admirable gentlemen.’
  • 80) ‘Our reason for choosing the phrase world politics is that we think it is more inclusive than either of the alternative terms.’
  • 81) ‘Change-of-address cards are available at either of the downtown postal locations.’
  • 82) ‘I don't have a problem with people thinking either of the two statements above, and giving their opinion when asked.’
  • 83) ‘Is there in any one of the statements by either presidential candidate a solution here?’
  • 84) ‘There is no truth to either of those statements reported in the Sunday Star Times.’
  • 85) ‘Every blogger linked to by either of us will be considered for a broadcast interview.’
  • 86) ‘Is it possible that either of those statements could be true, let alone both at the same time?’
  • 87) ‘Three months was so short a time for love, but it didn't matter to either of them really.’
  • 88) ‘He decided to drop the subject of Rocky, seeing as how it barely mattered to either of them whether he had a job or not.’
  • 89) ‘Are there any further matters which either of you wish me to deal with?’
  • 90) ‘They would be together always, no matter what happened to either of them and that was what was important.’
  • 91) ‘Just before the farm is reached you will see waymarked paths and stiles leading through fields on either side of the farm road.’
  • 92) ‘One of my favourite memories is my father planting loads of young Christmas trees in the woods that ran either side of the field.’
  • 93) ‘The rice fields on either side of the road lay motionless in the dim light.’
  • 94) ‘The fields on either side were strangely empty and quiet, with almost no livestock to be seen.’
  • 95) ‘Everyone hid in the tall prairie grass on either side of the road.’
  • 96) ‘The grass on either side of me was blooming with flowers in its green sea of blades.’
  • 97) ‘There were empty grassy fields on either side of the uninterrupted road.’
  • 98) ‘There was enough pride and quiet admiration to fill Yankee Stadium, right there on either side of the fence in left field.’
  • 99) ‘Tall trees and expanses of paddy fields and villages lie there on either side of the road.’
  • 100) ‘One is an idea I've had knocking around since about 1994, and is set at about that time and a couple of years either side of it.’
  • 101) ‘In the recording, the choir stands in two rows at the front of the congregational pews, with the musicians placed at either side.’
  • 102) ‘In the end though, all the tour amounted to was a ride up and down a nearby canyon; two to a camel, in metal seats slung either side of the camel.’
  • 103) ‘At either side there are clipped hedgerows, through which are visible the concrete posts of a boundary fence.’
  • 104) ‘Play had become untidy for a brief period either side of the interval, with signs that a very good Waterloo side was beginning to get on top.’
  • 105) ‘They kept the ball alive in contact, and always had support runners on either side of the ball-carrier.’
  • 106) ‘Her two friends standing either side of the peroxide blonde, whose ample bosom was spilling out of her tight top, sneered at me.’
  • 107) ‘Those trees used to stand like sentinels on either side of the path leading to the bandstand from the Glass House.’
  • 108) ‘The service road on either side of the existing road was not continuous.’
  • 109) ‘We stepped into the house and into a narrow entryway, which had a door on either side of it and stairs going to the second floor.’
  • 110) ‘A pair of potted hydrangeas sat on either side of the front door.’

Examples

  • 1) neither is likely to be specifically noticed by its audience.
  • 2) What happens when neither of us can drive?
  • 3) neither party could be reached for comment.
  • 4) It turns out that neither is true.
  • 5) neither say nor do a thing.
  • 6) Mother wouldn't like it and neither does the club.
  • 7) neither of those things is true, alas.
  • 8) In person he is neither deranged nor canine, but softly spoken and erudite.
  • 9) Crystal Palace were marginally the better side, though neither goalkeeper had much to do.
  • 10) I don't need people, neither does he.
  • 11) He is neither funny enough nor plaintive enough.
  • 12) neither of those two things look like happening again soon.
  • 13) neither company was aware that its systems had been targeted.
  • 14) The really worrying thing was that neither did he!
  • 15) The pair are equally ambitious yet neither is likely to lead his party.
  • 16) This sport has yet to properly deal with its past but neither can it bury it.
  • 17) neither team has been particularly adept at keeping clean sheets.
  • 18) The party has neither the manpower nor money to match the established parties.
  • 19) Wants and desires are neither true nor false.
  • 20) They would not have waited till a time when man can do neither good nor evil.
  • 21) The missing person is neither dead nor present and therefore no one has the power to handle their affairs.
  • 22) neither can win the nomination today.
  • 23) Its binary imperatives constantly contradict each other, so that it is neither funny nor exciting.
  • 24) Though neither of these has the longevity of a brick or stone path, they do look beautiful.
  • 25) I want to help them but it is hard to think of what to say, as neither will tell their parents nor anyone else.
  • 26) For his own part, Adams inclined to think that neither chaos nor death was an object to him as a searcher of knowledge, —neither would have vogue in America, —neither would help him to a career.
  • 27) I ought to make him feel that I can do without his riches, that I cannot be bought, —neither by comfort, neither by pride, —and though I be utterly penniless, and receiving bread from him, that he is the poor man beside me.
  • 28) _neuter_ means _neither; _ from which it follows, that neuter gender implies neither gender; that is, neither masculine nor feminine.
  • 29) When he finished his term neither the Whigs (his own party) nor the Democrats would nominate him to run on his own.
  • 30) But then again neither is Bush Cheney Rumsfeld either …
  • 31) He threw the charm into the air and pointed at it, shouting a word neither Alanna nor George knew.
  • 32) ‘I suppose it's because neither of the Scottish sides have made the breakthrough yet.’
  • 33) ‘Great effort from the edge of the box - neither of these two sides is prepared to settle for a draw.’
  • 34) ‘The marriage was finally approved, but the bride was married with neither of her parents at her side.’
  • 35) ‘We arrived fashionably late and neither of us had any supper so we thought we'd grab a bite there.’
  • 36) ‘So neither of them moved, and the algae that grows on the sloth's fur got to the finish line first.’
  • 37) ‘Upon realising my error, it all felt a bit awkward, but neither of us could bring ourselves to mention my faux pas.’
  • 38) ‘A quick flick of the head confirms neither of the other two are objecting.’
  • 39) ‘For a while you could get it on the Wayback Machine but it's gone even from there and neither of us thought to make new copies.’
  • 40) ‘I've run second a few times but neither of us had won the entire series of games previous to this!’
  • 41) ‘It is the kind of connection the human heart longs to make, and neither of them mistake it for what it is not.’
  • 42) ‘A battle between father and son is about to erupt, though neither of them realise it yet.’
  • 43) ‘Despite the big numbers, neither of the town's MPs claimed as much in expenses as they could have.’
  • 44) ‘The problem, at least for those holidaying in Gibraltar, is that neither of these hotels has a beach.’
  • 45) ‘He disagrees but neither of us can fight the fact that things are weird.’
  • 46) ‘In theory, we were going to walk up the thousand steps, but neither of us could be bothered.’
  • 47) ‘During dinner we were given something that neither of us had seen before.’
  • 48) ‘Legal Aid told him that neither of them were into such stuff and eventually he put the phone down.’
  • 49) ‘We have been speaking regularly and neither of us has had too much sleep.’
  • 50) ‘With neither of them in the first flush of youth, he worries about what will happen to his collection when he is gone.’
  • 51) ‘Except he would take cream with his coffee and neither of us would smoke.’
  • 52) I was not happy and neither were they
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