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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
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
@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
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 at 22:02
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 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
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

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