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  Tips for Writers by Brad Hyde (February 14, 2009)

Either or Neither?

Imagine shopping for roses today and being presented with two bouquets to choose from. If you like both of them equally, you might say to the florist, "Either bouquet is fine with me."

If, on the other hand, you dislike both bouquets, then you might say, "Neither bouquet suits me. Please show me two different ones."

Remember to avoid forming a double negative, however. Do not say, "I don't like neither." Instead, say "I don't like either." Although the words seem plural, also remember that they are both singular, meaning "neither one" and "either one."


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