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Example: The state examinations to judge the teacher required showing the kids colored cards in either the blue or red condition.

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The state examinations to judge the teacher required showing the kids colored cards in either the blue and red condition.

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  • Is the title supposed to read "They were given either x or y OR They were given either x and y"?
    – herisson
    Commented Sep 17, 2018 at 10:00

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The former is correct, the latter one would also be correct in a sense that the either phrase is the blue and red condition, and or phrase is missing such that the complete sentence would be like:

The state examinations to judge the teacher required showing the kids colored cards in either the blue and red or the black and white condition.

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  • Thank you! So its like: the kids were given pictures of either cats and dogs; Commented Sep 17, 2018 at 7:35
  • or : the kids were given pictures of either cats and dogs or turtles and ducks. Commented Sep 17, 2018 at 7:36
  • Either complete "The kids were given pictures of either cats and dogs" by adding remaining "or" phrase or change it like "the kids were given pictures of either cats or dogs.". Commented Sep 17, 2018 at 7:39
  • The only circumstances where 'either' and 'and' are used together is when at least one of the options is compound rather than simple. In your picture example you might have "The children were given pictures of either cats and dogs or of sheep and cattle." In this case there would have been one set of pictures showing cats and dogs and another set of pictures showing sheep and cattle. The children would have been given either pictures of cats and dogs or pictures of sheep and cattle. None of the children would have been given a picture of a sheepdog working a flock of sheep.
    – BoldBen
    Commented Sep 17, 2018 at 9:41

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