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Which of these answers is correct?

Which way did you go the first one or the second one?

A) I went neither way

B) I didn't go either way

  • Both are fine grammatically, but A is now rather antiquated. I think it sounds rather unnatural nowadays. The difference sounds (to me) the same as the difference between: A) I read not a book, but a magazine. B) I didn't read a book; I read a magazine. A is old-fashioned and obsolete (or very nearly). – Billy Sep 17 '12 at 7:42
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    Neither one is wrong; either one could be used. – J.R. Sep 17 '12 at 8:02
  • I'd rather say A than B, myself. Or even, "Neither: I went via Timbuktu" (or wherever). – Andrew Leach Sep 17 '12 at 8:03
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Both are fine grammatically, but A is now rather antiquated. I think it sounds rather unnatural nowadays.

(A comment from Billy 2 hours ago)

Some words are used much more often than others. 'Neither' is a word that is not used very often.

"Neither here nor there"

It is the difference between formal and informal English. I think that 'neither' is rather a formal word.

This is a clever formulation of the difference between the two words:

Neither one is wrong; either one could be used. (Comment by J.R.)

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neither a borrower nor a lender be

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"You can make a lot of money in this game. Just ask my ex-wives. Both of them are so rich that neither of their husbands work." — Lee Trevino

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