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  • B oth, E ither, N either
  • B oth, E ither, N either
    • Y ou use ‘both’ , ‘either, and ‘neither’ when you are saying something about two people or things that have been mentioned, or are known to the person you are talking to.
    • There were excellent performances from both actresses .
    • No argument could move either man from this decision.
  • B oth, E ither, N either
    • Denis held the cocoa in both hands .
    • Neither report mentioned the Americans.
  • B oth, E ither, N either
    • Y ou use ‘both’ when you think of the two people or things as a group. You use ‘both’ with a plural noun.
    • Both children were happy with their presents.
    • Both policies made good sense.
  • B oth, E ither, N either
    • Y ou use ‘either’ when you think of the two people or things as individuals. You use ‘either’ with a singular noun.
    • Either way is acceptable.
    • She could not see either man .
  • B oth, E ither, N either
    • Y ou use ‘neither’ when you are thinking of the two people or things as individuals and you are making a negative statement about them. You use ‘neither’ with a singular noun.
    • In reality, neither party was enthusiastic.
    • Neither man knew what he was doing.
  • B oth, E ither, N either
    • Y ou can use ‘both’ with a specific determiner such as ‘the’, ‘these’, or ‘my’.
    • Both the young men agreed to come.
    • Both these books have been recommended to us.
    • Both her parents were dead.
  • B oth, E ither, N either
    • WARNING: You cannot use ‘either’ or ‘neither with a specific determiner.
  • B oth, E ither, N either
    • Y ou can use ‘both of’, ‘either of’, or ‘neither of’ with a plural noun or pronoun. Note that when ‘both of’, ‘either of’, and ‘neither of’ are followed by a noun rather than a pronoun, you must use a specific determiner such as ‘the’, ‘these’, or ‘her’ before the noun.
  • B oth, E ither, N either
    • Both of these restaurants are excellent.
    • Either of them could have done the Job.
    • Neither of our boys were involved.
  • B oth, E ither, N either
    • Note: ‘Neither of’ is normally used with a singular verb but can be used with a plural verb.
    • Neither of us was having any luck.
    • Neither of the children were there.
  • B oth, E ither, N either
    • R emember that you can also use ‘both’, ‘either’, and ‘neither’ as conjunctions. You use ‘both … and’ to give two alternatives and say that each of them is possible or true.
    • I am looking for opportunities both in this country and abroad
    • Both I and my wife were surprised to see you there.
  • B oth, E ither, N either
    • Y ou use ‘either … or’ to give two alternatives and say that only one of them is possible or true.
    • You can either have fruit or ice cream.
    • I was expecting you either today or tomorrow.
    • You either hate him or you love him.
  • B oth, E ither, N either
    • Y ou use ‘neither … nor’ to give two alternatives and say that each of them is not possible or is not true.
    • Neither Margaret nor John was there.
    • He did it neither quickly nor well.
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