Alternative conjunction is a set of conjunctions which includes, Either…or, Neither… nor, Otherwise, Else, Or. These conjunctions are generally used to express alternatives for earlier stated statement. Here, I will explain how to master either or conjunction in any expression.
Role of alternative conjunctions Either..or
Like other coordinating conjunctions, alternative conjunctions are also used to make compound sentences or expressions.
Apart from this, these are also used to join two words, phrases or parts of sentence.
Either… Or is also called paired or correlated conjunction as it used in pair to relate or join independent clauses or classes of words or phrases.
Unlike Neither…nor, it is used in positive sense, whereas neither… nor for negative.
For most of the time, it used to form compound sentences or expressions.
“Either” is used after verb if there are two similar actions in the given sentence. Otherwise, either is used before the verb.
•Countries should reduce either coal or fossil fuels consumptions to arrest carbon emissions.
•Countries want to either reduce coal consumption or increase green energy to minimize global warming.
•UN is urging member nations either to create fund or provide incentives for poverty eradication.
•Least developed nations need to improve either infrastructure or business atmosphere to attract FDI.
Either.. Or is used to express two choices as a noun or noun phrase.
•US has decided to either influence the behaviour of trading partners or increase market share through trade negotiations.
•China have generated a lot of foreign currency either to invest or spend on infrastructure.
•Nature can challenge human might through either floods or droughts.
Use of either.. Or at the beginning of the sentence.
•Either HEP or wind energy will solve the problem of energy scarcity in future.
•Either ground water will help or we need to clean up rivers to tide us over the problem of water scarcity.
In the first case, we have connected two words or phrases at the beginning, whereas in the second example, we connected two clauses.
Either used as a pronoun
If you use either as a pronoun, then you need to follow this structure:-
Either + of + noun or phrase.
•I have two approaches to study. You can follow either of approaches.
•Don’t get scared. There are two possibilities.Either of them may be true.
Either of nations are powerful at the global stage. So, do not underestimate either of them.
Both of and either of are sometime used interchangeably as a pronoun.
There are also other forms like either as a adverb or determiner. But, as of now, this is enough. In the next blog, I am going to explain about neither..nor in detail.