Example sentences:

A) You can pick either this or that. B) You can pick this or that.

Is A, B or both correct?

  • Either is correct, but they have subtly different meanings. – High Performance Mark Oct 6 '19 at 8:02
  • @High Performance Mark - please state what the 'subtly different meanings' are. – Michael Harvey Oct 6 '19 at 8:35
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    Sentence A means you can pick this or that but not both, whereas in some contexts sentence B could be taken to mean you can pick this or that or both this and that. – nnnnnn Oct 6 '19 at 9:11
  • @MichaelHarvey: what nnnnnn wrote. – High Performance Mark Oct 6 '19 at 11:17
  • nnnnnn, which contexts? Please provide at least one. – Michael Harvey Oct 6 '19 at 11:48

'Either' can be omitted in a positive construction such as '[Either] James or Mary has hidden the cakes'. In a negative construction, like 'Neither James nor Mary has hidden the cakes', 'neither' cannot be omitted.

Understanding “Either … Or” and “Neither … Nor”

Or is used between two words or phrases to show that either of two things is possible, or used before the last in a list of possibilities or choices.

Longmans Dictionary

If I say that you can have coffee or tea, I mean that you can have one of these, not both.

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