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In this circumstance, which would be the most correct / natural answer?

Person 1: I don't eat meat Person 2: Neither do I / Nor do I / Me neither / Me either

This says both neither do I and Me neither are often used. But I have also heard / read "me either" and "nor do I" in multiple scenarios. Which then is the correct way of saying it? Are the others wrong or just not used?

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It's not a matter of "correct"-ness. It's a matter of social class and personal presentation.

In decreasing order of falutation:

  1. nor do I (archaic; now either ironic or intended to sound classy, or both)
  2. neither do I (normal in writing, common in speech)
  3. me either (common in speech, more familiar)
  4. me neither (common in ingroup speech)

... roughly speaking, of course; I'm no sociolinguist.

This kind of social layering for language variation is completely normal, in every language. To call one mode "correct" would be wrong; appropriateness of speech or writing depends on the speaker/writer's aims, and their judgement of their relationship with their listener/reader (and of course on how accurate their judgement is). What's correct in one situation is often incorrect in another.

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I guess it all comes down to the region of the world you are in. I remember reading somewhere that "me either" is more common in the UK and Australia, whereas the US uses "neither do I" or "me neither" more commonly. – Suchi Feb 2 '12 at 22:29
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Wonder what to make of me either (common in speech, more familiar) -- technically incorrect, incomprehensibly oxymoronic for anyone unfamiliar with the 'usage', inconvenient to pronounce and not so pleasant to hear. – Kris Feb 3 '12 at 4:51
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@Kris: Which is why I prefer to say me neither when possible. My favorite, when I can get away with it, is Spanish tampoco yo, which is unambiguous, and mellifluous in my opinion. – John Lawler Nov 18 '13 at 1:49
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I don't recognise me either and would count it as ungrammatical. On the other hand, nor do I is absolutely normal for me, and doesn't sound either classy or archaic. I probably say it more readily than neither do I. – Colin Fine Feb 1 '15 at 22:02
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I agree with @Colin about nor do I: it's prefectly commonplace, even colloquially, in BrE. I don't agree with him about me either, though, which is quite common as well, even in BrE (though perhaps it's a more recent loan from AmE and more restricted to younger speakers?). I'd be unlikely to say it myself, but I hear it frequently enough). – Janus Bahs Jacquet Feb 1 '15 at 22:25

Neither do I and Me neither are both correct responses to I don't eat meat. So is Nor do I. So is I don't either. But Me either is incorrect. Also note that Me neither is informal (mainly because of the Me part rather than the neither part).

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Not forgetting the jokey 'Me too neither'. – Barrie England Feb 2 '12 at 15:20
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Agreed, with the note that "Nor do I" (or Nor I) would sound very formal in spoken conversation, at least to my ears. – choster Feb 2 '12 at 15:21

When you have a sentence like "I don't eat meat" the two correct answers are: 1) Neither do I (or) 2) I don't either.

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Hi Ephren, welcome to EL&U. Could you elaborate on your answer? It's always helpful to explain your reasoning and possibly provide sources. – Adam Sep 27 '15 at 7:10
    
Why do you think that there are only two correct answers? And why the two that you give in particular? – Chenmunka Sep 28 '15 at 12:27

"neither" and "nor" and "don't either" etc are for use in response to a negative. ("I DON'T eat meat")

"either", unless directly preceded by "don't" or some other negative, refers to alternatives, such as "You either eat meat or you don't."

Strictly speaking "I" is used when the speaker is the subject ( you wouldn't say "me don't eat meat")

"me neither", strictly speaking, is short for "me also don't", which has "me" as the subject. However, hardly anyone says "I neither" and "Me neither" has come to be acceptable. "Nor me" is still less acceptable than "Nor I" in this context.

"Me neither" or "Nor me." would be a response to the speaker being the object, such as when the initial statement has the form "Dogs don't bite me."

"I don't bite dogs." could be answered by "Nor I."

"Dogs don't bite me." could be answered by "Nor me."

In response to "Don't bite me!" Be careful not to say "Gnaw me!"

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Upvoted just for the terrible pun at the end. – John Clifford Apr 15 at 11:58

To make it plain, Ephren gave a good sum up of the question. However, despite the right observation from Armen concerning the "Me" part in "Me neither", we use in US : Me either ; Me neither ; Nor do I. Neither do I seems more precious. I also hear "Neither I"

An other question would be the reply concerning : "she doesn't like me". "Me neither" could mean that "I also don't like you" like "nor do I" or "Neither do I" But "She doesn't like me, either/neither" would be exact & "me either" is common speaking to understand : she doesn't like (neither) you nor me.

NB : "Me either/neither" are only OK for familiar speech.

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