either/or

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either/or

Post by azz » Sat Aug 26, 2017 11:26 am

a. He will drink beer or eat a cookie.
b. He will either drink beer or eat a cookie.

c. Her boyfriends were good-looking or smart.
d. Her boyfriends were either good-looking or smart.

e. They hired tall or strong men.
f. They hired either tall or strong men


In which of these cases, the 'or' could be inclusive (he might both drink beer and eat a cookie, some of her boyfriends might have been both good-looking and smart, some of the men hired might have been both tall and strong)?


Many thanks.
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Re: either/or

Post by tony h » Sat Aug 26, 2017 11:06 pm

"Either" changes an inclusive to an exclusive.
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With the right context almost anything can sound appropriate.

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