AdverbsConfusingConjunctionsDeterminersPronouns

Either / Neither – Or / Nor

Either – Or and Neither – Nor


are correlative conjunctions and used in pairs.

  • You can join either the music club or the art club.
  • You can either listen to music or join a club.
  • You can have either a banana or an orange.
  • You can either eat a banana or drink a glass of juice.
  • I predict that either Italy or France will win the game.

When the choice is between two nouns:

we place EITHER – OR / NEITHER – NOR before the noun.

  • You can join neither the music club nor the art club.
  • You can join either the music club or the art club.
  • You can have neither a banana nor an orange.
  • You can have either a banana or an orange.
  • They predicted that neither Spain nor Germany would win the game.
  • They predicted that either Italy or Brazil would win the game.

When the choice is between two verbs:

we place EITHER -OR / NEITHER – NOR before the verb.

  • You can neither listen to music nor join a club.
  • You can either listen to music or join a club.
  • You can neither eat a banana nor drink a glass of juice.
  • You can either eat a banana or drink a glass of juice.

Either and Neither can be used as pronouns:

they can be used alone

  • Would you like a black pen or a blue pen? Either.
  • Would you like a soda or a glass of juice? Neither. I don’t want either. I would like some ice tea.


Either can be used as an adverb:

it can be used after a negative verb

  • They don’t eat meat and they don’t eat seafood either.


Either can be used as a determiner:

it can be used to express a choice or two options

  • Either beach will do. They both have soft sand.
  • I don’t like either color.


Tip: Either of

We add OF before plural nouns and the possessive

They don’t want want either of their dogs to swim in the lake.


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