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Dear Ted:

Which of the following sentences is correct?

1) The sentences are not EITHER correct.

2) The sentences are not correct EITHER.

If both are possible, do they mean the same thing?

Thank you,

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

Which of the following sentences is correct?

1) The sentences are not EITHER correct.

*** #1 is incorrect.  Here are two alternative ways to express the idea of the sentence:

A.  The sentences are not correct.

B.  Neither of the sentences is correct.

2) The sentences are not correct EITHER.

**** There is just one circumstance in which this sentence can be used.

The phrases you used are not correct.  The sentences are not correct either.  [You must have TWO things of comparison in order to use "either."]

Ted

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I am the bibliographic instruction and reference librarian at a public college. Some members of the English department recommend me to their students. I offer assistance in grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and paragraph development. My master`s thesis concerns William Faulkner`s tragic novels. I formerly taught advanced placement English at two schools in the Philadelphia area.

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B. A. and M. A in English; MSIS in Library & Information Sciences; graduate study in philosophy

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