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Confusing Words > both, either, neither
Does "bored" mean the same as "boring"? What's the difference between "funny" and "fun"? Here are some commonly confused English word pairs.

Subjects connected by both meaning two take a plural conjugation.


Both Steven and Anthony attended the training.

Mary has two children. Both are married. (both children are married)

Both Frank and Lisa are attending the conference in Chicago this weekend.

Both Sara and Melissa were late.

Last summer I went to Paris and Cannes. I liked both cities very much.


either or

'Either or' is used in sentences in a positive sense meaning "one or the other, this or that, he or she, etc." in other words it is used to offer a choice between two possibilities


Im not sure where Laura is from. Shes either German or Italian.

Would you like tea or coffee? - Either. I dont mind.

There are two ways from here to the airport. You can go either way.


neither nor

'Neither nor' is used in sentences in a negative sense meaning "not this one nor the other, not this nor that, not he nor she, none of them etc." - in other words it is used to deny both possibilities


Is your friend British or American? - Neither. Shes Australian.

Neither of the restaurants I went to was (or were) expensive.

Neither Mike nor my other friends care about their future.