Exercise 1

Choose the correct forms of both, either, neither to complete the sentences.

1Can you or Lisa take me to the station?

2 of them could take me to the station, so I had to take a taxi.

3A: Are you from Spain or from Italy? B: . I'm from Portugal.

4 can win this game.

5With a tourist visa, you can work nor study.

6He showed us two apartments but we didn't like of them.

7 John and Sara were invited.

8The tennis game was fantastic. players were great.

9The match was really boring. team played well.

10You can choose of those two presents. Which one do you prefer?


 

 

both, either, neither – grammar chart

 
Quantifiers – both, either, neither
 
We use both, either and neither to talk about two things or people.

both= A and B (the two things or people)

either= A or B (one thing/person or the other thing/person)

neither= not A and not B (zero out of two things or people)

 

both / either / neither + noun

 
We can use both/either/neither + noun

  • I like both cars
  • You can park on either side of the street. 
  • Neither parent was at the meeting. 

Note that we use both + plural noun and either/neither + singular noun.
 

both (of) / either of / neither of

 
We can use both (of) / either of / neither of + the/these/my/her/Peter’s/etc. + noun

  • Both (of) your parents are really nice. 
  • Either of those two dates is perfect for the wedding. (=We can choose one or the other)
  • Neither of the tennis players had a great game. 

Note that we don’t need of after both.

  • Both of your parents are really nice. = Both your parents are really nice.

We can use both of / either of / neither of + us/you/them

  • Both of them did very well in the exam. (NOT Both them)
  • Can either of you give me a coin for the vending machine? 
  • Neither of us knows the truth.

 

both / either / neither (without a noun)

 
We can use both/either/neither alone, without a noun.

  • A: Do you speak French or Spanish? B: I speak both
  • A: Do you want tea or coffee? B: Either. I don’t mind.
  • A: Which car do you prefer? B: Neither. I think both of them are horrible. 

 

both … and …/ either … or … / neither … nor …

 
We can say both … and …/ either … or … / neither … nor … to mention the two things or people that we are talking about.

  • She ate both the rice and the meat.
  • Both Susan and Peter helped me with my report. 
  • You need to speak one foreign language, either Spanish or French. 
  • You can either wait here or go home. 
  • I like neither maths nor physics. 
  • He neither called nor texted.  

 

Remember this!

 
Use either and neither a singular verb.

  • Either candidate is good. 
  • Neither of the candidates is good. 

(not) either= neither.

  • I don’t like either of the options. = I like neither of the options.

The word neither is negative, so we use it with positive verbs.

  • Neither John nor Paula can come. (NOT Neither … can’t come.)

We also use the word both with positive verbs. We can only use either with negative verbs.

  • I didn’t like either of the pictures. (NOT I didn’t like both/neither of the pictures.)