Using Either … or, Neither … nor, Both … and in English
|Either … or||Neither … nor||Both … and|
|Either… or is a correlative conjunction. We use either … or for connect things which are the same types, phrases, clauses or words.
•Either Mark or Samuel will go.
•You can either come with me now or walk home.
•They don’t have enough time. They can either have breakfast or have a shower.
•You can either call me at home or the office.
|This structure, “neither … nor”, is used to connect the same kind of word or phrase in the sentence. Neither makes a negative statement about two people or things.
•Neither Mark nor his wife is very tall.
•Neither my friends nor the bookstore has the book.
• Neither the employees nor the boss was at work.
•last week is a dentist.
|Both … and refers to two things or people together. It is always considered plural in a sentence.
Both is paired with and to add emphasis to two coordinated elements in a sentence.
•You can be both mother and business woman.
•Both Alice and Susan have to comply with the rules.
•I used to like playing both football and basketball when I was young.