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# "EITHER to verb1 OR to verb2" vs "to EITHER verb1 OR verb2"

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"EITHER to verb1 OR to verb2" vs "to EITHER verb1 OR verb2" [#permalink]

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16 Feb 2012, 21:38
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Are both these statements grammatically correct, per GMAT rules?

It is critical EITHER to RUN or to FLY.

It is critical to EITHER RUN or FLY.

(This came up as I was reading through MGMAT's Guide 8, Pg 216. It's not a direct question from the book, just a thought.)

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16 Feb 2012, 23:11
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yes, IMO both are correct and the rules are well written on parallel markers and parallelism. So, once a parallel marker is used, what follows the parallel marker should be parallel.
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Re: "EITHER to verb1 OR to verb2" vs "to EITHER verb1 OR verb2" [#permalink]

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17 Feb 2012, 01:24
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Hi,

Ya both are correct. Either... or is a parallel construction "TAG"

In order for it to be parallel

EITHER to RUN or to FLY.
to EITHER RUN or FLY.

I hope this helps
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18 Feb 2012, 01:13
They are both OK grammatically, but they can be interpreted differently.

It is critical to EITHER RUN or FLY.
This means it is critical to do one of these things--we can choose one or the other.

It is critical EITHER to RUN or to FLY.
This could mean that either it is critical to run or it is critical to fly. So one is critical, and perhaps the other isn't, but we don't know which is which.
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