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  • Introduction

  • Audio Episode

  • Both, Either, Neither

    • both, either, and neither for two things

      • We use both/neither/either for two things.

      • You can also use both/neither/either without a noun:

    • Checkpoint 1

    • both of…, neither of…, either of…

      • We use both of / neither of / either of + the/these/my/Tom’s,…etc.

      • You don’t need of after both.

      • We also use both of / neither of / either of + us/you/them:

      • We say ‘both of’ before us/you/them (you need to use of):

      • After neither of … a verb can be singular or plural:

    • Checkpoint 2

    • both…and, neither…nor, either…or

      • both … and …

      • neither … nor …

      • either … or …

    • Checkpoint 3

    • either/neither/both vs. any/none/all

      • either/neither/both (two things) and any/none/all (more than two)

    • Checkpoint 4

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Introduction

You are going to learn how to use both, either and neither to express yourself in speaking and writing. Of course this episode is all about grammar, but it is a grammar tool you would want to learn for the ultimate goal of expressing yourself better in English.

Audio Episode

Both, Either, Neither

both, either, and neither for two things

We use both/neither/either for two things.

  • Both restaurants are good,
  • Neither restaurant is expensive.
  • We can go to either restaurant. I don’t mind.

You can also use both/neither/either without a noun:

  • ‘Which do you prefer, basketball or tennis?’ ‘It’s hard to say. I like both.’
  • ‘Is your friend British or American?’ ‘Neither. She’s Australian.’
  • ‘Do you want tea or coffee?’ ‘Either. I don’t mind.’

Checkpoint 1

Complete the sentences with both/either/neither.

1. ‘Do you want tea or coffee?’ ‘______. I really don’t mind.’

2. ‘What day is it today – the 18th or the 19th?’ ‘______ . It’s the 20th.’

3. a: Where did you go on your trip – Korea or Japan? b: We went to ______. A week in Korea and a week in Japan.

4. ‘Shall we sit in the corner or by the window?’ ‘______. I don’t mind.’

5. ‘Where’s Lisa? Is she at work or at home?’ ‘______. She’s away on holiday.’

6. ‘Is it true that Kate speaks Spanish and Arabic?’ ‘Yes, she speaks ______ fluently.’

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