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Both, Either and Neither

In today’s class we are going to take a look at the differences that exist between either and neither. In addition, we are also going to learn how to use “both”. These three words are easily misunderstood and students have trouble using them correctly.

Before talking about each word seperately I would like to show you this image that summarizes the main differences. Analyze the image to understand better the correct use of these three words.

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BOTH

  • Both = the two; that one AND the other one; this one AND that one. (La traduccion seria “Ambos”)

Both can be used as a pronoun to refer to two things that we have already mentioned.

A: Do you want the blue blouse or the red one?
B: I’ll buy both (= the blue shirt AND the red shirt = both shirts)

Both X and Y
= not only X but also Y

  • Both + Adjective + and + Adjective

– He’s both intelligent and handsome.
– I’m both happy and nervous at the same time!
– I have had a long, hard day and I’m both tired and hungry.

  • Both + Noun+ and + Noun

Both can be used with a singular noun + and + singular noun

– She speaks both English and Arabic.
– They have both a cat and a dog.
– He is both an actor and a director.

We can also use Both + plural noun (see more below)

– She speaks both languages.

Neither

Neither + singular noun

Neither is used as a determiner before a single noun.

  • Neither player wanted to lose.
  • That English class was very interesting. Neither student wanted to leave.
  • Neither parent knew about the accident.

Either

Either + singular noun

Either is used as a determiner before a single noun.

  • Both are on sale but and I’m not interested in either jacket.
  • A: Do you want tea or juice? B: Either drink is fine for me.

Both, neither, either (of) + determiner + plural noun

You can use Both or Both of before a determiner (my, his, these, the etc.) and a plural noun.

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Examples:

– I didn’t but either of the books.

– Neither of my parents came to the match.

– Both of his children study at that school.

Both, Either,Neither of + Object Pronoun

When using Neither + of + pronoun (you, us, them), we need the preposition OF before the object pronoun

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Examples:

– Paul has two sisters. Both of them are married.

– Sue and I didn’t eat anything. Neither of us were hungry.

– Who are those two people? I don’t know either of them

EXERCISES : The answers are in the AUDIO.

Write BOTH / EITHER / NEITHER. Use OF where necessary.

1) Last year I went to Brazil and Argentina. I liked ________ cities very much.
2) There were two jackets in the store. I didn’t like __________ them.
3) It was a great tennis match. _________ players wanted to win.
4) It wasn’t a great tennis match. _________ team played well.
5) Is your friend English or American? ___________. She’s Australian.
6) We went away for two days, but the weather wasn’t good. It rained ________ days.
7) A: I bought two newspapers. Which one do you want?
B: ________________. It doesn’t matter which one.
8) I invited Donna and Mike to the party but ______________ them came.
9) Do you go to work by car or by bus? _______________. I always walk.
10) Do you work or are you a student? ________________ . I work and I’m a student too.
11) Which jacket do you prefer, this one or that one? I don’t like __________ them.
12) Paula and I didn’t know the time because ___________ us had a watch.
13) Helen has two sisters and a brother. ______________ sisters are married.
14) Helen has two sisters and a brother. I met her brother but I didn’t meet ____________ her sisters.

English Grammar


We use both, either and neither to refer to two people or things.

BOTH

Both = the two; that one AND the other one; this one AND that one

Both can be used as a pronoun to refer to two things that we have already mentioned.

  • A: Do you want the blue shirt or the red one?
    B: I’ll buy both (= the blue shirt AND the red shirt = both shirts)

Both X and Y

= not only X but also Y

Both + Adjective + and + Adjective

  • He’s both tall and handsome.
  • I’m both happy and confused at the same time!
  • I have had a long, hard day and I’m both tired and hungry.

Both + Noun + and + Noun

Both can be used with a singular noun + and + singular noun

  • She speaks both English and Arabic.
  • They have both a cat and a dog.
  • He is both an actor and a director.

We can also use Both + plural noun (see more below)

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  • She speaks both languages.

Both or Both of?

Both or Both of can be used without a difference in meaning though Both of is more common in the United States.

Both (of) + determiner + plural noun

You can use Both or Both of before a determiner (my, his, these, the etc.) and a plural noun.

  • Both (of) my friends arrived late to class.
  • Both of the wheels wobble too much.
  • A prize was given to both of the players.

When we use Both (without of), we drop the article the.

  • Both of the parents were nervous.
  • Both parents were nervous.

Both of + Object Pronoun

When using Both with a plural object pronoun (us, them), we need the preposition OF before that pronoun.

  • He has invited both us. (incorrect)
  • He has invited both of us. (correct)
  • I’ll take both of them. (correct)
  • I need to speak to both of you. (correct)

Verb + Object pronoun + both

We can use both after a plural object pronoun.

  • I hope they invite us both (= I hope they invite both of us)
  • Do you need them both? (= Do you need both of them)
  • The teacher sent them both to the principal’s office.

To be + both

Both comes after To Be (or an auxiliary such as have or modal verbs).

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  • He is both intelligent and agile.
  • My sister and I are both ready for the trip.
  • We were both happy with our exam results.

Modal verb + both + verb

  • My parents can both speak French.
  • They should both try harder.
  • My brothers would both be shocked if they knew the truth.

Both + other verbs

Both goes before the other verbs. If there is an accompanying auxiliary verb, then it goes in the middle of the two verbs (i.e. auxiliary + both + verb)

  • We both wanted to stay in bed and not go to work.
  • They both liked the surprise.
  • My parents both work in the same building.
  • They haveboth studied a lot.

Both - Negative

We don’t use both in negative structures. Instead, we normally use Neither.

  • We don’t say: Both of them are not ready (incorrect)
  • We say: Neither of them are ready (correct)

See more about Neither below:



NEITHER

Neither = not one and not the other
Neither is a negative word and is accompanied by an affirmative singular verb.

Neither X nor Y

Neither … nor … is used as a conjunction. It is the opposite of “Both … and …” If a verb comes after this phrase, that verb is in the singular form (Sometimes you will hear it used in the plural form though it is not grammatically correct)

  • Neither John nor Fred likes doing the dishes. (= “Both John and Fred don’t like doing the dishes”)
  • I want neither the red shirt nor the blue shirt.
  • I neither smoke nor drink.

Neither + singular noun

Neither is used as a determiner before a single noun.

  • Neither team wanted to lose.
  • That tennis game was very close. Neither player had a clear advantage.
  • Neither parent knew about the accident.

Neither of + determiner + plural noun

You can use Neither of before a determiner (my, his, these, the etc.) and a plural noun.

  • Neither of my friends came to class today.
  • Neither of the parents understood what the baby was trying to say.
  • Neither of our cars has enough petrol so we have to take the bus.

Neither of + Pronoun

When using Neither + of + pronoun (you, us, them), we need the preposition OF before that pronoun. (If a verb comes after this phrase then it is in singular form)

  • The present is for neither of us.
  • Neither of them is married.
  • Neither of us expected to be fired.

Neither in short responses

Neither is frequently used as part of a short response when someone says something negative and you agree with them.

  • A: I have never been to Switzerland
  • B: Neither have I.
  • A: I don’t want to go.
  • B: Neither do I.

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Neither can also be used alone.

  • A: Would you like a blue tie or a green tie?
  • B: Neither. (= Neither tie)

Neither vs. Either

You can use Either with a negative verb to replace Neither with a positive verb

  • I have neither time nor money
  • I don’t have either time or money.

See more about Either below.


EITHER

Either = any one of the two = this one or the other one
Either is accompanied by an affirmative singular verb and is mostly used in questions or negative sentences

Either X or Y

Either … or … is used as a conjunction. It is used to express alternatives and or a choice between two (and sometimes more) things. It is used a verb in singular form (Sometimes you will hear it used in the plural form though it is not grammatically correct).

  • Either you or John has to finish the report before 5pm.
  • You can have either the red shirt or the blue shirt. (= but not both)
  • Either you leave the building now or I call the security guards.

Either + singular noun

Either is used as a determiner before a single noun.

  • There are only two options and I’m not interested in either film.
  • A: Do you want it ready for Thursday or Friday? B: Either day is fine for me.

Either of + determiner + plural noun

You can use Either of before a determiner (my, his, these, the etc.) and a plural noun.

  • We’ve been dating for 6 months and I haven’t met either of her parents.
  • I haven’t read either of these books.
  • I don’t want either of those apples. Do you have one that is not rotten?

Either + of + Pronoun

When using Either + of + object pronoun (you, us, them), we need the preposition OF before that pronoun.

  • I don’t think he is going to invite either of us.
  • A: Which photo do you prefer? B: I don’t like either of them
  • I think I left my keys and wallet at the office. I don’t want to lose either of them.

Either can also be used alone. It means it doesn’t matter which alternative. Sometimes it is accompanied by the pronoun “one”.

  • A: Would you like a coffee or a tea?
  • B: Either (one). (= I don’t mind if it’s coffee or tea, both alternatives are fine)

Either in short responses

Either can be used at the end of a negative sentence when you agree with something negative someone else has said. It is similar to meaning TOO and ALSO (which are used in affirmative sentences).

  • A: I wasn’t thirsty. B: I wasn’t either. (You cannot say “I wasn’t too”)
  • A: I’ve never been to Portugal. B: I haven’t either.
  • A: I didn’t go to class yesterday. B: I didn’t either

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Pronunciation of Either and Neither

You will hear the word Either pronounced two different ways:

  • /ˈaɪðər/ (eye-ther – with a long I sound at the beginning) – British English
  • /ˈiːðər/ (ee- ther – with a long E sound at the beginning) – American English

Both forms of pronunciation are correct and supposedly one is British English and the other American English. However within each country you may hear both forms used.

The same happens with the pronunciation of the word Neither:

  • /ˈnaɪðər/ – British English
  • /ˈniːðər/ – American English

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