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Either vs. Both

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Eitherdeterminer

One of two.

‘You can have it in either colour.’;

Bothdeterminer

Each of the two; one and the other; referring to two individuals or items.

‘Both children are such dolls.’;

Eitherdeterminer

Each of two; both.

‘There is a locomotive at either end of the train, one pulling and the other pushing.’;

Bothpronoun

Each of the two, or of the two kinds.

‘"Did you want this one or that one?" — "Give me both."’; ‘They were both here.’;

Eitherpronoun

One or other of two people or things.

‘He made me two offers, but I did not accept either.’;

Bothconjunction

Including both of (used with and).

‘Both you and I are students.’;

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Eitherpronoun

(obsolete) Both, each of two or more.

Bothconjunction

(obsolete) Including all of (used with and).

Eitheradverb

As well.

‘I don't like him, and I don't like her either.’;

Both

The one and the other; the two; the pair, without exception of either.

‘She alone is heir to both of us.’; ‘Abraham took sheep and oxen, and gave them unto Abimelech; and both of them made a covenant.’; ‘He will not bear the loss of his rank, because he can bear the loss of his estate; but he will bear both, because he is prepared for both.’; ‘Thy weal and woe are both of them extremes.’; ‘This said, they both betook them several ways.’;

Eitherconjunction

Introduces the first of two (or occasionally more) options or possibilities, the second (or last) of which is introduced by "or".

‘Either you eat your dinner or you go to your room.’; ‘You can have either potatoes or rice with that, but not both.’; ‘You'll be either early, late, or on time.’;

Bothconjunction

As well; not only; equally.

‘To judge both quick and dead.’; ‘A masterpiece both for argument and style.’; ‘To whom bothe heven and erthe and see is sene.’; ‘Both mongrel, puppy, whelp, and hound.’; ‘He prayeth well who loveth wellBoth man and bird and beast.’;

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Eitheradjective

One of two; the one or the other; - properly used of two things, but sometimes of a larger number, for any one.

‘Lepidus flatters both,Of both is flattered; but he neither loves,Nor either cares for him.’; ‘Scarce a palm of ground could be gotten by either of the three.’; ‘There have been three talkers in Great British, either of whom would illustrate what I say about dogmatists.’;

Bothadjective

(used with count nouns) two considered together; the two;

‘both girls are pretty’;

Eitheradjective

Each of two; the one and the other; both; - formerly, also, each of any number.

‘His flowing hairIn curls on either cheek played.’; ‘On either side . . . was there the tree of life.’; ‘The extreme right and left of either army never engaged.’;

Eitherconjunction

Either precedes two, or more, coördinate words or phrases, and is introductory to an alternative. It is correlative to or.

‘Either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth.’; ‘Few writers hesitate to use either in what is called a triple alternative; such as, We must either stay where we are, proceed, or recede.’; ‘Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs?’;

Eitheradverb

after a negative statement used as an intensive meaning something like `likewise' or `also';

‘he isn't stupid, but he isn't exactly a genius either’; ‘I don't know either’; ‘if you don't order dessert I won't either’;

Eitherconjunction

used before the first of two (or occasionally more) given alternatives (the other being introduced by ‘or’)

‘either I accompany you to your room or I wait here’; ‘available in either black or white’;

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Eitherconjunction

used to indicate a similarity or link with a statement just made

‘it won't do any harm, but won't really help either’; ‘You don't like him, do you? I don't either’;

Eitherconjunction

for that matter; moreover

‘I was too tired to go. And I couldn't have paid, either’;

Eitheradverb

used before the first of two (or occasionally more) given alternatives (the other being introduced by ‘or’)

‘available in either black or white’; ‘either I accompany you to your room or I wait here’;

Eitheradverb

used to indicate a similarity or link with a statement just made

‘it won't do any harm, but won't really help either’; ‘You don't like him, do you? I don't either’;

Eitheradverb

Eitheradverb

for that matter; moreover

‘I was too tired to go. And I couldn't have paid, either’;

Eitherdeterminer

one or the other of two people or things

‘there were no children of either marriage’; ‘their mortgage will be repaid if either of them dies’;

Eitherdeterminer

each of two

‘the road was straight, with fields on either side’;

Eitherpronoun

one or the other of two people or things

‘their mortgage will be repaid if either of them dies’; ‘there were no children of either marriage’;

Eitherpronoun

Eitherpronoun

each of two

‘the road was straight, with fields on either side’;

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