Our english speaking teacher told us there were two pronunciations of the word 'neither': [nˈiːð.ə(ɹ)] and [nˈaɪð.ə(ɹ)]. Which one you use is supposed to be determined from the sound of the sentence somehow.

Can anybody clarify this?

  • I agree with the duplicate as it quotes Mick's lyrics and includes references to class distinction which are also noted (with citations) in the Wikipedia entry.
    – Andrew Leach
    Nov 15, 2017 at 11:26

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It doesn't matter:

You say either and I say either
You say neither and I say neither
Either, either, neither, neither
Let's call the whole thing off

George and Ira Gershwin, Let's Call the Whole Thing Off
(Parodied by Ella Fitzgerald)

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