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How is it possible that a word, spelled the same way, can have so many different pronunciations? Caramel, data, either ... how do you pronounce these words, and which way is correct?
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Origin of either
grammar notes for either
As an adjective either refers only to two of anything: either side of the river; using either hand. As a pronoun either sometimes occurs in reference to more than two ( either of the three children ), but any is more common in this construction ( any of the three children ). As a conjunction, either often introduces a series of more than two: The houses were finished with either cedar siding or stucco or brick. The pizza is topped with either anchovies, green peppers, or mushrooms.
Usage guides say that the verb used with subjects joined by the correlative conjunctions either … or (or neither … nor ) is singular or plural depending on the number of the noun or pronoun nearer the verb: Either the parents or the school determines the program. Either the school or the parents determine the program. Practice in this matter varies, however, and often the presence of one plural, no matter what its position, results in a plural verb: Either the parents or the school determine the program.
In carefully edited writing, these correlative conjunctions are usually placed so that what follows the first correlative is parallel to what follows the second: The damage was done by either the wind or vandals or either by the wind or by vandals (not done either by the wind or vandals). See also neither.
pronunciation note for either
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH eithereither , ether
Words nearby either
Example sentences from the Web for either
Harris is unlikely to see a challenge from Villaraigosa, either.The Golden State Preps for the ‘Red Wedding’ of Senate Races|David Freedlander|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Despite the strong language, however, the neither the JPO nor Lockheed could dispute a single fact in either Daily Beast report.
Almost all of the network and cable news channels said that they would not be showing the cartoons either.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead|Luke O’Neil|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
They know they will face either a swift backlash or deafening silence.
Several times, either because they forgot or they had a technical problem, they connected directly, and we could see them.
She observed his pale looks, and the distracted wandering of his eyes; but she would not notice either.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
All changes are to be Rang either by walking them (as the term is) or else Whole-pulls, or Half-pulls.Tintinnalogia, or, the Art of Ringing|Richard Duckworth and Fabian Stedman
His idea was that there would be ample time later to order a concentration on either wing or on the centre.Napoleon's Marshals|R. P. Dunn-Pattison
The young man from far away had not, so far as he knew, either enemies or friends at Monte Carlo.Rosemary in Search of a Father|C. N. Williamson
Fortunately, the last crash had been passed without dislocating the parts of either sledge or rider.The Giant of the North|R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for either
- one or the other (of two)either coat will do
- (as pronoun)either is acceptable