either ... or vs neither ... nor


either ... or vs neither ... nor
  either .. or is a construction we use to show there is a choice between two different things, but you can only choose one, not both.
  For example:-
  You can have either beer or wine.
  You can use either ... or to give someone an ultimatum.
  For example:-
  Either you leave now or I'll tell your wife!
  neither ... nor is a construction we use to show that two or more things are not true or possible.
  For example:-
  He drinks neither wine nor beer.

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  • either ... or vs neither ... nor —   either .. or is a construction we use to show there is a choice between two different things, but you can only choose one, not both.   For example:   You can have either beer or wine.   You can use either ... or to give someone an ultimatum.… …   English dictionary of common mistakes and confusing words

  • either... or, neither... nor — Either means one of two ; neither means not one of two. Or goes with either, nor with neither: Either Sarah or I will go, but neither Bill nor Jane will. When used alone, both either and neither take verbs in the singular: Either is ready to go… …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • neither... nor — See either... or, neither... nor …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • neither nor — not this and not that, not either of the two …   English contemporary dictionary

  • either — /ee dheuhr, uy dheuhr/, adj. 1. one or the other of two: You may sit at either end of the table. 2. each of two; the one and the other: There are trees on either side of the river. pron. 3. one or the other: There are two roads into the town, and …   Universalium

  • either — ei•ther [[t]ˈi ðər, ˈaɪ ðər[/t]] adj. 1) one or the other of two: You may sit at either end of the table[/ex] 2) each of two; the one and the other: There are trees on either side of the river[/ex] 3) fun one or the other: Either will do[/ex] 4)… …   From formal English to slang

  • neither — [nē′thər, nī′thər] adj., pron. [ME naither, altered (by assoc. with eyther, EITHER) < nauther < OE na hwæther, lit., not whether (see NO1, WHETHER), not either of two] not one or the other (of two); not either [neither boy went; neither of… …   English World dictionary

  • neither — 1. pronunciation. Both pronunciations, niy dhǝ and nee dhǝ, are about equally common. 2. parts of speech. Neither functions in two ways: as an adjective or pronoun, and as an adverb or conjunction. a) adjective and pronoun. Neither means ‘not the …   Modern English usage

  • nor — nor1 [nôr] conj. [ME < ne , not, NO1 + or: see OR1] and not; or not; and not either: Used a) usually as the second in the correlative pair neither... nor, indicating negation of both parts of the statement [ I can neither go nor stay ] b)… …   English World dictionary

  • Either — Either/or means one or the other. Its usage, versus the simple or structure, is often for emphatic purposes, sometimes intending to emphasize that only one option is possible, or to emphasize that there are only two options. Its use in a sentence …   Wikipedia