- pronunciation 1
- pronunciation 2
- (Australia, Canada, UK, US) enPR: īth'ə(r), IPA: /ˈaɪð.ə(r)/, SAMPA: /"aID.@(r)/
Usage notes [change]
Both pronunciations are valid and can be used. The speaker can choose which pronunciation he prefers to use depending on the situation.
- Any one out of two options.
- I can write with either hand.
- You can drink either tea or coffee.
- Either it is or it isn't.
- They can be used either alone or in groups.
- Few people liked it; most either ignored it or hated it.
- Each or both from two options
- The room has a door at either end.
- People were walking on either side of the road.
- I can't find either shoe. I have lost both shoes.
- I have a blue coat and a green coat. Either will keep me warm.
- There will still be problems in either of the following two cases.
- After a list of two negatives (phrases with "not" in), this means "too" or "also".
- I don't like him and I don't like her either.
- I can't sing and I can't dance either.
- I do not eat fish and I do not eat seafood either.
- No other country has any real friends either.
Either is used for a list of two things. If the list has more than two items in it, you should use "any".