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Autor:  Tiago
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Data:  25/SET/2005 6:11 PM
Assunto:  both and either
 
Mensagem:  Now I am the one who got confused! Take a look at the following definitions:

either
1. one and the other of two = both = each
2. one or the other of two

both
1. one and the other of two

The problem is that either has two meanings, and one of the meanings is a synonym of both.

There are trees on both sides of the street.
It means that there are trees on one side and on the other side.

There are trees on either side of the street.
Although either could mean "one or the other", I would tend to say that, in this case, it means each, both. Let's see what native speakers have to say about this.


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 English Made in Brazil -- English, Portuguese, & contrastive linguistics
both and either  –  Hellen Keller  25/SET/2005, 4:45 PM
both and either  –  Tiago  25/SET/2005, 4:53 PM
both and either  –  Tiago  25/SET/2005, 4:59 PM
both and either  –  Heller Keller  25/SET/2005, 5:09 PM
both and either  –  Tiago  25/SET/2005, 5:19 PM
both and either  –  Hellen Keller  25/SET/2005, 5:28 PM
 both and either  –  Tiago  25/SET/2005, 6:11 PM
both and either  –  Tom  25/SET/2005, 6:54 PM
both and either  –  Dale/RS  25/SET/2005, 7:01 PM
both and either  –  Tiago  25/SET/2005, 7:04 PM
both and either  –  MARCO  25/SET/2005, 9:55 PM

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