Friday, December 17, 2010

Both, Either, Neither, Nor and So


Adapted from English Grammar Online 4U.

The following adverbs often generate some confusion. Read the examples below and then check your understanding by doing the following exercise.

- both ... and
  • I like both cats and dogs.
- so
  •  Jane likes cats. So do I.
- not ... either
  • Jane doesn't like cats. I don't like cats either.
- either ... or ...
  •  Jane either has a cat or a dog.
- neither/nor
  •  Jane doesn't like cats. Neither do I./Nor do I.
- neither ... nor ...
  • I like neither cats nor dogs.

In this amusing exercise, find out why some parents think that their teenage sons or daughters have a lot in common with cats.

  1. cats teenagers turn their heads when you call them.
  2. You would hardly ever see a cat walking outside of the house with its master. would you see a teenager in public with his or her parents very often.
  3. A cat doesn't share your taste in music. A teenager doesn't
  4. cats teenagers can lie on the sofa for hours on end without moving.
  5. Cats expect you to prepare the food for them. do teenagers.
  6. If you tell a joke, your cat your teen will laugh about it.
  7. If you make a sudden move in their direction, cats teenagers get frightened.
  8. Cats do not improve your furniture. Teenagers don't
  9. Cats roam outside and often come home very late at night. do teenagers.
  10. Conclusion: no matter if you have a cat a teenager at home - it's all the same.


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