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Some people go through life trying to find out what the world holds for them only to find out too late that it's what they bring to the world that really counts. OR It's not what the world holds for you it's what you bring to it
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English

Etymology

Old English ǣġhwæþer, from West Germanic, ultimately corresponding to ay + whether

Pronunciation

Usage notes

In the UK the first pronunciation is generally more used in southern England, while the latter is more usual in northern England. However this is an oversimplification and which is actually used can vary by individual speaker and sometimes also by situation.

Determiner

either

  1. one or the other (of two)
    I don't mind whether your mother or father attends - you can bring either parent.
  2. each of two
    The room has a door at either end.
    I don't mind whether your mother or father attends - you can bring either.

Synonyms

  • (one or the other):
  • (each of two): both, each

Translations

Adverb

either (not comparable)

Positive
either

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) as well
    I don't like him and I don't like her either.

Synonyms

Translations

Conjunction

either

  1. Introduces the first of two options, the second of which is introduced by "or".
    Either you eat your dinner or you go to your room.

Translations

Usage notes

  • When there are more than two alternatives, "any" is used instead.

See also

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