Re: "either"

Subject: Re: "either"
From: Barb Miller <millerb -at- TCPLINK -dot- NREL -dot- GOV>
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 1995 08:03:40 MST

I agree it should be "Entries are either . . . " or you need to repeat the "are"
when you get to the second part.

I don't see how "grammatical exactness" gets in the way of readability in this

Barb Miller
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
millerb -at- tcplink -dot- nrel -dot- gov

>The following sentence has caused some debate among my fellow writers:

>"Entries either are alphanumeric strings, such as usernames or passwords; or a
>choice between several preset strings, such as enabled or disabled."

>The debate stems from the placement of the word "either." I believe that the
>sentence reads better as follows:

>"Entries are either alphanumeric strings...."

>What's more important grammatical exactness or readability?

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