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Excuse me for reposting this. I couldn't have a sufficient answer.

Hi,

This could be a stupid sounded question, but I can't be sure when I need to use "either." Is it optional in some cases? For example:

and the answer supposedly spoke volumes about the kind of person you either were or hoped to become.

I think the sentence above makes almost the same sense without "either" and I believe it is also correct grammatically. Is "either" used for making the sentence more understandable?

Thank you,

M
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]You are correct, the sentence does make sense both ways. Either is simply used to differentiate one thing from another, and that includes ideas. But sometimes either needs to be used:

Do you prefer salmon or tuna?

Either would be fine!

or

I think either one is an abominable choice.

In your example:

And the answer supposedly spoke volumes about the kind of person you either were or hoped to become.

The following sentence could be (were either crossed out as above):

Either you are the person you hoped to become or will become the person you had hoped to become.

Best,

-Chris
thank you!

m