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Offline Takashi

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"either" and "both"
« on: October 21, 2017, 07:17:10 pm »
I'd appreciate it if you could help me with A and B.

A. "Come on Monday or Tuesday. Either day is OK."

B. "Come on Monday or Tuesday. Both days are OK."

Could you tell me if both A ad B mean the same"?  In A, "either" is used, so the speaker wants the listener to come either on Monday or on Tuesday, and in B, "both" is used, which makes me wonder if the speaker wants the listener to come both on Monday and on Tuesday, in which case "Come on Monday and Tuesday" seems more appropriate. Having said that, "Both days are OK" might not necessarily imply that the speaker wants the listener to come on both days, and the person may take it for granted that the listener will come either on Monday or Tuesday.

Thank you very much.

Takashi

Offline Darryl

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Re: "either" and "both"
« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2017, 12:03:31 pm »
Yes, A and B mean the same. Your reasoning is correct.

Offline Takashi

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Re: "either" and "both"
« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2017, 05:25:27 pm »
Thank you very much, Darryl!
I really appreciate it.
Everything is clear now.

Takashi