Check your knowledge of either/or and neither/nor.
How To Use Either
We can use “either” to agree with a negative sentence.
“I don’t know Sue.”
“I don’t know her either.”
We can also use “either” as a short reply when someone gives us a choice.
“Would you like to visit London or Oxford tomorrow?”
How To Use Either / Or
When you want to give a choice, use “either… or”.
“We can either leave now and get the earlier train, or leave later but arrive in the evening.”
How To Use Neither
We can use “neither” to agree with a negative sentence, but you need to follow with an inversion afterwards.
“She doesn’t live in London.”
“Neither does he.” ( = he doesn’t either)
Note: if you have an auxiliary verb in the first sentence, you can use this in the reply. If you don’t, use “do” / “does” / “did”.
We can also use “neither” as a short reply to say that both options are negative for us.
“Did you buy the book about Picasso or the book about Monet?”
“Neither!” ( = I didn’t buy either book.)
How To Use Neither / Nor
You can use these in sentences with a positive verb.
“She has neither a car nor a motorbike.” (= She doesn’t have either a car or a motorbike.)
How To Use So
We can agree with a positive sentence using so + inversion.
“I love travelling.”
“So do I.”
Either and Neither
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