I have posted such a question on the subject of "lol or LOL", I thought some might not like it. I'd better changed my way of asking question and be more cautious this time.

1- You can choose coffee or tea.
2- You can choose either coffee or tea.

IMHO, there is little difference. What do you think?

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IMHO means "in my humble opinion."
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Hello Pastel

'Coffee or tea?', as Marveric pointed out, it is a fixed phrase used by flight attendants. In this case, 'OR' is an ideal coordinate conjunction, which connects two items completely equal in nature. But please imagine other situation.

Suppose you are a high school girl.(^_^). And one of your friends feels you love a boy named John. But she feels also it is probable that you are loving another boy Bob. And suppose she is guessing that the likelihood you love John is 70% and the likelihood you love Bob is 30%.

Suppose one day you and she have a talk and she incidently asks you about that matter. In this case, in what way do you think she would ask? I feel it may be like: "Hey, Pastel, do you love John....... or Bob?". She wouldn't say "Do you love either Bob or John?".

(I'm laughing.)

Okay, in your example, it make much more sense that "Do you love either Bob or John" sounds rather funny. It that doesn't impede my comprehension, I would easily tell you "I love, either Bob nor John." What I'm thinking now is why the addition of "either" sounds unnatural?


Would you take a look at this site, please. They have some examples of "Do you like either A or B?"
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Hello Pastel

Thank you. The question you raised is interesting. It sounds people rarely use a phrase like "Do you like either A or B?" When they use "either", they use it not as an adjective but as a pronoun; "Do you like either of them (the two)?" I feel even "Do you like A or B?" sounds a bit weird. People would rather say; "Which do you like better/more, A or B?".

I think 'either A or B' would be a phrase used when speakers themselves don't decide the choice between the two alternatives (A & B) and they think the likelihood of their choice is nearly even. I guess this would be the cause why 'either A or B' is rarely used in sentences questioning hearers' preference.

I hope any moderator give us any comments on this issue.

In some situation, use "either A or B" limits your choice to either A or B,
while "A or B" might mean A and B are suggested choice but you could have other choice.

- What do you like to drink, you can take either a coke or a pepsi. (You don't have other choice)
- What do you like to drink, a coke or a pepsi? (They are only two suggestions, you may take something else.)

I have a question but can't find the anwser, Hope you guys can help.
When there are two possibilities, we say either A or B
What should we say when there are more that two?

We had a very interesting TV commercial.

A pretty young female flying attendant was serving drinks. She asked a handsome young lad,

"Coffee, tea or me?"
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