What is the difference between neither and either?

What is the difference between neither and either?

Remember, neither is often used when both options are not acceptable. Either tends to be used in a positive way, when one option will be chosen. If you get confused with these two words, do not worry!

What is the rule for either and neither?

Different uses of either and neither: Either means ‘both’, ‘one’ and neither means ‘not either’, ‘none’. Either is used in negative constructions, while neither is used in affirmative constructions.

What is the rule for neither?

Neither allows us to make a negative statement about two people or things at the same time. Neither goes before singular countable nouns. We use it to say ‘not either’ in relation to two things. Neither can be pronounced /ˈnaɪðə(r)/ or /ˈni:ðə(r)/.

Can you use either for more than two?

Standard dictionaries generally accept the use of “either” or “neither” to introduce a series of more than two items. Merriam-Webster Unabridged, for example, says “either” can be used “before two or more coordinate words, phrases, or clauses joined usually by or.” It defines “neither” as “not one of two or more.”

Is neither the opposite of either?

Both of these words have multiple functions within a sentence, but knowing when to use either or neither is very important since they have near opposite meanings. Either means one or the other. Neither means not one or the other.

How do you use either and neither in sentences and give examples?

When they act as pronouns, either means “one or the other,” while neither means “not one or the other.” For example: “Either of these roads go to London.” “Neither of my kids are strong enough to lift this.”

Can we say either do I?

-Either do I. -Neither do I. So do I. Me neither.

Is neither correct?

You use ‘and so do we’ or ‘and so are we’ to underline a positive statement. On the contrary, you use ‘neither do we’ or ‘neither are we’ to underline a (grammatically) negative statement.

Is neither/nor correct?

A “nor” usually follows a “neither” when they’re used in the same sentence (1). For example, you might say: I like neither hot dogs nor ketchup. You can also use “nor” if you’re talking about more than two items, but you have to repeat “nor” after each element (2).

Can neither be used for three?