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Neither/ Either [#permalink] New post 19 Feb 2010, 17:49
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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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Re: Neither/ Either [#permalink] New post 21 Feb 2010, 08:16
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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Re: Neither/ Either [#permalink] New post 22 Feb 2010, 09:23
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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.

so to follow up w/ your example:

I can choose any one entree: fish or chicken. either [of them] is tasty
Jane has two sisters. Neither is attractive. :P 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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Re: Neither/ Either [#permalink] New post 16 Mar 2010, 07:02
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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Re: Neither/ Either [#permalink] New post 08 Mar 2012, 09:06
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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Re: Neither/ Either [#permalink] New post 09 Mar 2012, 07:06
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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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Re: Neither/ Either   [#permalink] 09 Mar 2012, 07:06
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