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# Neither/ Either

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Hi,

in MGMAT SC book, it says that when the words "either" or "neither" are in a sentence alone (without "or" or "nor"), they are considered singular and take only singular verbs.

can anyone give me an example please??

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21 Feb 2010, 09:16
Considering that I have understood your questions correctly [:)], these are the examples:

- I can choose any one Entrée - fish or chicken. I can have either of them.
- Jane has two sisters. She stays with neither of them.
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22 Feb 2010, 10:23
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Considering that I have understood your questions correctly [:)], these are the examples:

- I can choose any one Entrée - fish or chicken. I can have either of them.
- Jane has two sisters. She stays with neither of them.

I think he was asking about which verb (singular or plural) to use.

I can choose any one entree: fish or chicken. either [of them] is tasty
Jane has two sisters. Neither is attractive. You wouldn't say "Neither are attractive" even though it seems like you want to refer to both sisters...

think of it this way:

Neither [of the sisters] is attractive. Neither (or either) is the pronoun that always commands a singular verb. "of the sister" is just a middle-man (prepositional phrase).
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16 Mar 2010, 08:02
Example:

Harvard and Stanford are excellent business schools. However, I'm not applying since neither of them is going to accept me in their program.
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08 Mar 2012, 10:06
Some examples below

Neither of them is going to the show tonight.

Either of us is capable of answering the question.
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09 Mar 2012, 08:06
I think the following note will give some insight in this context ( source: the freedictioinay.com)

Usage Note: The traditional rule also holds that neither is grammatically singular: Neither candidate is having an easy time with the press. However, it is often used with a plural verb, especially when followed byof and a plural: Neither of the candidates are really expressing their own views. •

Usage: Either is followed by a singular verb in good usage: either is good; either of these books is useful. Care should be taken to avoid ambiguity when using either to mean bothor each, as in the following sentence: a ship could be moored on either side of the channel

Sometimes one can see wide variations in usage.
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