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hi, this is jen! i'm new here today! Emotion: smile

by the way,

can i use "either" with plural forms as shown below??

"please, use either of the following methods!"

or

does that have to be "use either of the following method!"??

it's just... i am used to not using EITHER with plural forms..

please, help!! and thanks in advance!
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Yes you use it with the plural form in those cases. Think of it as saying please use one of the following methods. They are using one/either (singular) out of more than one option. (plural). The only difference is that with either, you know there are two possible options, and with one, there could have been any number of options.
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Jenthecutecan i use "either" with plural forms as shown below??
"Please use either of the methods!"
You can say even "Please use either methods" at least in speech. But please note that "Please use the either methods" is wrong.

paco
Please correct me if I am worng.

The basic rule, as Iunderstand it, is that when we use the following words, it’s important to know that they are considered as “singular”.

Everyone

Anyone

Any body

Someone

Either

Neither

Following

Thus, “ Either” cannot be used in plural form.
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Yes Goodman you are right but like Nona explained it earlier, when you say 'use either options' you actually mean 'use either ONE OF THE TWO options'. The center part of the sentence is just implied instead of being spoken/written, and is indeed singular.
Waïti.
WaïtiYes Goodman you are right but like Nona explained it earlier, when you say 'use either options' you actually mean 'use either ONE OF THE TWO options'. The center part of the sentence is just implied instead of being spoken/written, and is indeed singular.
Waïti.
I agree. "Either options" is an ELLIPSIS. Ellipsis or intentional word omission occurs when speakers think their hearers should know what words are omitted.

paco
I don't believe Nona approved the use of the phrase 'either methods' or 'either options'. The correct versions of the phrases would be 'either method' and 'either option', or (ellipted) 'either of the methods' and 'either of the options'.
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