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Word usage: "either" or "both"?

Consider the following usages: Either the book and the pen are neither in the pocket nor in the backpack of either Sally or Peter. Both the book and the pen are neither in the pocket nor in the ...
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Can either be followed up by a plural noun? [duplicate]

Which one is correct– Tall fences were constructed on either side of this tunnel to channel migrating deers. or Tall fences were constructed on either sides of this tunnel to channel migrating deers.
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Is this is an “either/or” statement or an “either/and” statement?

I’m currently applying to jobs and ran across this statement in the qualifications section of one listing: “Not currently enrolled in or completed a Bachelor’s, Master’s, or PhD in a digital marketing ...
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"Either x or either y-" why does this occur?

Recently, I've noticed several instances of people repeating "either" in sentences, ex. "you're either the predator or you're either the prey." Is this a documented phenomenon, or ...
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What is the meaning of 'either of them' in this sentence?

One of the problems in my math textbook is 'When is the sum of 2 vectors equal to either of them?'. I thought it meant the sum was equal to any one of the addends, but when I looked online (This Quora ...
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Does "Either must die at the hand of the other" imply both that A can only be killed by B and that B can only be killed by A?

The prophesy made by Professor Trelawney about Harry Potter includes the phrase "Either must die at the hand of the other", speaking of Harry and Lord Voldemort. Does this mean that both ...
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The semantic use of "either" in the following phrase:

I was wondering if any of you would be able to give me some clarification on what you take the intention of the final phrase below to be: The term ‘mental decolonization’ has been associated with ...
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Question related to the word Either

In the following sentences does the word 'either' means 'both' or 'any one' Either of these roads leads to the railway station. Either of you can go.
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A comma before "either-or" construction

Can you please tell me whether it is correct or not to insert a comma before either in this sentence? "Finally, the populations of Russia and Turkey did not show any alterations (,) either positive ...
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Is the word "either" required in a "this or that" sentence?

Example sentences: A) You can pick either this or that. B) You can pick this or that. Is A, B or both correct?
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Is this a valid either-or sentence?

I read this a few days ago: ... individuals who log on and float either instead of or in addition to scheduling hours. I suppose it sounds awkward to me because I tend to think that in a sentence of ...
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Either or Neither in sentence with another negative

I am writing something where I want to say the following: I have never visited either Scotland (n)or England. I couldn't find information about this on either this site (n)or any other site on ...
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Either....and...or? Either...or...or?

"Use the installation wizard to choose between either a and b, or to install both of them simultaneously." or is it "Use the installation wizard to choose between either a or b, or to install both of ...
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What do they mean by “I’m good either night”

Let me know if Thursday or Friday for Miami spice works or not. “I’m good either night”
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'the eigenvalues of A are either 0 or 1 or both'. Does that mean Both 0 and 1 are possible?

I was asked the following question in a National level exam whose answer will be 'the eigenvalues of A are either 0 or 1 or both'. But one option which reads the eigenvalues of A are either 0 or 1 ...
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Neither L nor S lives in either A or B, What is your inference regarding this sentence?

Can "Neither Nor" and "Either Or" appear in the same sentence? If yes, what is your inference regarding the sentence below? "Neither L nor S lives in either A or B" The answer my friend thinks is "...
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Use of Either... or, or, and or in English

Can I say "A test comprises an equal number of items concerned with either prospective or retrospective, long-term or short-term, and self-cued or environmentally-cued memory subscales"?
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either or both A and B vs. either or both A or B

When using the phrase "either or both", should we use "and" or "or" for the items coming thereafter? or maybe "and/or"? Example: It must have something to do with either or both external ...
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"Either" in a positive sentence

You have either betrayed me or you have thought of doing it. Either you have betrayed me or you have thought of doing it. Which of these two sentences is correct?
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"can either lead to X or Y" vs. "can lead to either X or Y": which is correct?

Which is correct? This degree of freedom in design can either lead to energy efficiency or better space utilization of room, or both. This degree of freedom in design can lead to either energy ...
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"No question of",paired with "either/or"

Even after reviewing other "either/or" questions in relation to a negative preceding them, the negatives themselves being almost exclusively verbs, I am still a bit conflicted about the following ...
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Do comparisons make up a special case for understanding either/or as a logical operator?

This question was prompted by a friend who is a fluent speaker of English but not a native one. Consider the following cases: I either eat the apple or the orange. I eat: apple XOR orange. I eat ...
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Either/Or Usage

I want to know how I should use "Either/Or" when the clauses are of different grammatical forms. For example, in: The click is either followed by no further clicks for 30 seconds or the last click ...
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My usual confusion about "Either... or" meaning [closed]

I've been asked to submit a proposal for a project "by outlining it in either a) a Logframe or b) a Theory of Change model". Does the sentence mean I have to choose between a) and b), or does it mean ...
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How to interpret confusing statements involving either/or/not? [duplicate]

I have a simple problem basically I am unable to understand the meaning of some questions involving or/not, and using comma with and. I have the following questions:- 1.Whats the meaning of, say , X ...
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What is the exact meaning of "A can never be better than either B or C"

I want to say that A can never be better than the better one of B and C, i.e., A must be worse than B or C. Do the following sentences have the same and correct meaning? A can never be better than ...
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"Don't be safe, nor sorry"

Recently, I saw this statement on a poster: "Don't be safe, nor sorry". I felt that it was not correct and should be: "Don't be safe or sorry". Am I right? Here's a photo I took at the shop (in case ...
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Neither vs either in a negative statement [duplicate]

Is it correct to say: A: You can't say a word to anyone. B: Yes, but you can't say a word to anyone either. or A: You can't say a word to anyone. B:You can't say a word to anyone neither. Neither ...
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