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Either vs. Ither — Which is Correct Spelling?

By Tayyaba Rehman & Fiza Rafique — Updated on September 10, 2023
The correct spelling is "Either," often used to indicate one or the other of two choices. "Ither" is an incorrect spelling.
Either vs. Ither — Which is Correct Spelling?

Which is correct: Either or Ither

How to spell Either?

Either

Correct Spelling

Ither

Incorrect Spelling
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Key Differences

Remember "Either" starts with "E," just like "Either/Or," which is a common phrase.
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Link it to "neither," which is its antonym and also starts with a vowel.
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Recall that "either" has two vowels at the beginning ("e" and "i") while "ither" is missing one.
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Associate the word "Either" with "Either/Or," where "Or" also starts with a vowel.
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Use the acronym E.I.T.H.E.R: "Each Individual Thinks He's Extremely Right," to remember the spelling.
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Either Definitions

Used to indicate one or the other of two options.
You can have either coffee or tea.
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Used to indicate both when referring to two choices.
There are trees on either side of the river.
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Used to introduce a synonymous clause.
He's either coming today or he isn't.
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Used in a negative construction to indicate neither of two options.
He doesn't like either option.
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Used to qualify a statement by saying it can also be said in reverse.
Either way, you're correct.
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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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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
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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
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Used before the first of two or more coordinates or clauses linked by or
Either we go now or we remain here forever.
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Any one of two; one or the other
Wear either coat.
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One and the other; each
Rings on either hand.
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Likewise; also. Used as an intensive following negative statements
If you don't order a dessert, I won't either.
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Any one (of two).
You can have it in either colour.
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Each of two; both.
There is a locomotive at either end of the train, one pulling and the other pushing.
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Any one (of more than two).
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One or the other of two people or things.
He made me two offers, but I did not accept either.
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(obsolete) Both, each of two or more.
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As well.
I don't like him, and I don't like her either.
I know a cheap Spanish restaurant. It's not far from here, either.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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?
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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
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Common Curiosities

What is the pronunciation of Either?

/ˈiːðər/ or /ˈaɪðər/
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Why is it called Either?

The term "either" comes from Old English and is used to indicate one or the other among two.
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What is the verb form of Either?

There is no verb form of "either."
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Which vowel is used before Either?

Generally, no specific vowel precedes it.
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What is the root word of Either?

The root comes from Old English "ǣgther, āwther."
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Which preposition is used with Either?

"Of," as in "either of them."
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Is Either an adverb?

No.
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Is Either an abstract noun?

No.
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What is the plural form of Either?

There is no plural form.
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Is Either a noun or adjective?

Adjective or conjunction.
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Which conjunction is used with Either?

"Or," as in "either/or."
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Is Either a countable noun?

No.
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Is the Either term a metaphor?

No.
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Is Either a negative or positive word?

Neutral.
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How many syllables are in Either?

Two.
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How do we divide Either into syllables?

Ei-ther.
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What is the singular form of Either?

Either is singular.
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Which article is used with Either?

Usually none.
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Is Either a vowel or consonant?

It's a word, not a letter.
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Is the word “Either” a Direct object or an Indirect object?

Neither, as it is not a noun.
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Which determiner is used with Either?

None generally.
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How is Either used in a sentence?

"You can either stay or go, the choice is yours."
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Is Either a collective noun?

No.
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Is the word Either is Gerund?

No.
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What is a stressed syllable in Either?

Depends on pronunciation, either "Ei" or "ther."
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Is the word Either is imperative?

No.
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What part of speech is Either?

Adjective or conjunction.
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What is another term for Either?

One or the other.
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What is the opposite of Either?

Neither.
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