Re: "either"

Subject: Re: "either"
From: "Virginia L. Krenn" <asdxvlk -at- OKWAY -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU>
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 1995 10:39:49 -0600

Your rewrite is much better. But, if your co-workers prevail, then a
second verb should be used as follows.

"Entries either are alphanumeric strings (such as usernames or
passwords) or are a choice between several preset strings (such as
enabled or disabled)."

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Subject: "either"
Author: "Osmundo R. Fernandez" <fernao -at- RPI -dot- EDU> at SMTP Date:
1/18/95 5:44 PM

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

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

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

"Entries are either alphanumeric strings...."

What's more important grammatical exactness or readability?

P.S. I met with the "populate" argument from last week. Thanks for all
your grea t comments. I've saved and printed all of them. :-)


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