Using Either … or & Neither … nor in English
Using Either … or
- Either refers to any one of the two things or people.
- Either is always considered singular in a sentence.
- Either… or is a correlative conjunction. We use either … or for connect things which are the same types, phrases, clauses or words.
- Either he or she cooks dinner.
- Either Mark or Samuel will go.
- You can either come with me now or walk home.
- They don’t have enough time. They can either have breakfast or have a shower.
- You can either call me at home or the office.
- I’ll either write to you or phone you next week.
Using Neither .. nor
- Neither is used as a conjunction.
- This structure, “neither … nor”, is used to connect the same kind of word or phrase in the sentence.
- Neither makes a negative statement about two people or things.
- Neither Mark nor his wife is very tall.
- My sister neither drinks nor smokes.
- Neither my friends nor the bookstore has the book.
- Neither the employees nor the boss was at work.
- Neither Susan nor her friends are going to go to the party tonight.