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I've got question...
I've heard (in the USA):
A: I'm hungry
B: I'm either
Is it correct? Or I have to say "So am I".
What about sentence below:
A: I don't know why he did it.
B: I don't know either/ Neither do I
A:I hate chemistry
B: Neither do I / I hate either/ Me too
And the last one:
Jews have their own New Year. And I wanna ask Jew:
Do you celebrate "our" New Year too/either?
maybe in this case I shouldn't use "too" or "either", either (?) (can I say, maybe in this case neither should I use "too" nor "either").
When should I use "too", "either/neither", "so/neither do I" ???
I know, it's pretty easy, but I got lost.
Einmalige NarizsseHi!Hi E N,
Possibly one or the other of us hasn't been listening intently enough, because I don't remember hearing "either" used in quite the way you describe it. We say "either one or the other; I don't like either of those dresses; Either you change some of your habits, or we're through! Which one do you want? Either/Neither one will work!"
But in the types of phrases you gave as examples, I believe there always has to be a negative - but not a double negative. (I believe Spanish, on the other hand can use a double negative and it stays negative.)
I don't like that song.
I don't either. (can't use I don't neither)
Neither do I. (can't use Neither don't I or So don't I.)
We don't use "either" as an affirmative - only "so" and "too."
I like that song.
So do I.
I do too.
We don't use "I do either," or "Either do I."
That's the only problem I see. It's illogical, for sure, but although "either" is itself positive, it's only used in negative statements. OR, in choice statements, as I said above. For example, "In cases where you have an either and a do together, you either have to change the either to a neither, or you have to change the do to a don't."
In your very first example, I'm hungry, the replies could be, I'm not, So am I, I am too.
In your second example, A. and B. are both fine.
In the third example the problem arises because hate is a positive statement, although you may consider it a negative emotion. If you said, "I don't like chemistry," then we have a negative statement, and we can bring "either" and "neither" into play. "Neither do I; I don't either." But for "I hate chemistry," it has to be, "So do I: I do to."
Your fourth example is positive, so you can't use "either."
Einmalige NarizsseHi! Hi there...Too is used in affirmative sentences (=non negative), and either in negative sentences. Neither is basically not + either put together, so it already "contains" a negation. Examples:
I hate Mary. I hate her too. Me too. So do I. <-- "I hate" is affirmative.
I don't like Mary. I don't like her either. Me neither. Neither do I. <--- "I don't like" is negative
I hope she won't complain. I hope so too. Me too. So do I. <--- "I hope" is affirmative. You are referring to "I hope".
I hope she won't complain. I hope her father won't complain either. <---- This is the same as the one just above, but here you are referring to "won't complain", which is negative.
I don't think she will complain. I don't think so either. Me neither. Neither do I. <--- "don't think" is negative.
Ah, I was forgetting: did you know that there's a search function here in this forum that lets you search for old threads? There's a search box in the right top corner. Try that, you will find a lot of threads about basically anything.
And remember that I'm not a native speaker, so I'm always afraid to talk bulls... hmm, nonsense, LOL. A native speaker might tell you more later.
Einmalige NarizsseHi!Hi EN
Try using the search function on this site. There are other threads that deal with these same questions. Look at these two threads for starters:
Either, Neither. A chaos for me.
Hope everything is well with you. - A.
Besides the excellent and detailed answers from the moderators and forums' guests, I would like to add this small note that helps me remember the either / neither patterns:
In either the pair (do, neither) or the pair (don't, either), there must be one and only one 'n' (not).
All the best,
I tell you something. I had asked someone (from this forum) about this "either" and I was told to bring up NEW TOPIC.
And this person isn't new here, so it isn't my fault at all, cause I knew, people had asked about it. But I really needed help...
Well, so if someone says: "I'm hungry" it isn't possible to hear "I'm either" and "Me either", is it?
by the way, do I have to always make a question instead of sentence "Or I have to say "So am I". " ? Should it always be "or do I have to say "So am I" ?"
In my mother tongue, we don't have to make question (honestly, we do that once in a blue moon) because you can say "are you hungry" or "you're hungry" either. it depends on intonation...
Einmalige NarizsseWell, so if someone says: "I'm hungry" it isn't possible to hear "I'm either" and "Me either", is it? Not possible.
Secondly, German isn't my first language, but I'm learning it and very often it's easier for me to say sth in German than in English. And in German I always make question :]
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