"She would cry at the thought of it, sometimes scream about it, either of the two bore no fruit."

I know we can use, "neither of the two helped" but I wanted a different style.

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    See Why is it “either . . . or” and “neither . . . nor”? Note that neither is a "negative polarity" usage, and that's what you need in your "negating" context (neither of them bore any fruit, not ...no fruit). Jul 12, 2020 at 16:58
  • The use of either is fine, but not in the way it's currently used. It should really be …, with no fruit borne from either (of the two). In other words, the phrase, essentially, needs to be reversed. Jul 12, 2020 at 17:35

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It's not incorrect, but redundant. Either means one or the other so it would be more polished, but still somewhat stilted, saying:

either bore no fruit.

Or if you want it more succinctly, using neither:

neither bore fruit.

But in keeping with the flow of your sentence, much rather:

neither of which bore fruit.

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