Either-or : Learn correct usage with rules, examples and exercises

Q.  Annie is (1) / either (2) / intelligent (3) / but hard-working. (4) / No Error (5)
- Published on 06 Jan 17

a. 1
b. 2
c. 3
d. 4
e. 5

ANSWER: 4
 
'Either..or' is used to show a choice between two alternatives. It refers to one out of the two.

This conjunction is used in positive sense.

Formula 1: (one person - two qualities/actions - two alternatives - at least one positive)
Subject +Verb/HV1 +Either +Q1/A1 +Or +Q2/A2 +
Annieiseitherintelligentorhard-working.
Here, two qualities of Annie have been described which means she has one of the two given qualities i.e intelligence or hard work

Replace 'but' with 'or'.

In this sentence, two qualities of Annie have been described, it suggests that she is positively associated with one of them and not both.

The correct sentence should be: Annie is either intelligent or hard-working.

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