Use of Either

Either has a different property that we use as per the requirements.

It plays different roles in making a sentence persuasive and explicit. But we will learn all about the Use of Either and its characteristics.

It carries the meaning of one from two. When there is a matter of selecting one option out of two this is the word that we use.

As we learned it has many properties as per its usage. Here is the list of these parts of speeches.

  1. Pronoun
  2. Adjective
  3. Adverb
  4. Conjunction.

Let’s discuss them one by one to know their usage.

1- Pronoun: Since we will shed light on its usage as a Pronoun. We must know the purpose of the Pronoun in the part of the speech. A pronoun is used to replace the noun to make the sentence rational. Only Nouns and Pronouns are two parts of speeches that become a subject and an object.

Use of the word either as a pronoun.

It is used when referring to a choice between two possibilities.

  • Either of you can come in.
  • Either of the two teams can win the match.
  • Yes, Either of the two buses can leave at 7 o’clock.
  • I have brought two watches. You can wear either of the two.

Use of the word either as an adjective.

  • The drug store can come on either side of the road.
  • Either team can win the game.
  • Either one of the phone speakers could malfunction.
  • Today either one of the two subjects can be taught.

We use it as an adverb

We use it in negative sentences instead of “also” or “too”:

  • I don’t eat meat and my husband doesn’t either.
  • Actually, I’m pleased you don’t want to go because I don’t either.
  • I’m not allowed another piece of cake, so you’re not either!
  • We certainly don’t lead a life of luxury but we’re not poor either.

The last point is significant as we should not use also and too if the sentence is negative. For the negative sentence, we must use the word either.