Hi dears,

I have read if u want to use correlative conjunctions to join two items u need the equal grammar, for example ' either[a noun] or [ a noun]

what about the following example :

# I think the chores are either boring and a waste of time.

 

'boring' in the first part is an adjective but ' a waste of time' in the second part is a noun phrase. is it possible to do this as the  terms are not grammatically equal??

Best of wish

Mohsen

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mohsen posted:

I have read if u you want to use correlative conjunctions to join two items u you need the equal grammar, for example ' either[a noun] or [ a noun]

what about the following example :

# I think the chores are either boring and a waste of time.

Hi, Mohsen,

The example you have given is ungrammatical, but it is not because "boring" (an adjective) and "a waste of time" (a noun phrase that has adjectival value) cannot be conjoined. That is perfectly fine.

The problem is that you have used "either . . . and . . .," which is just as ungrammatical as "both . . . or . . . ." The correct constructions are "either . . . or . . ." and "both . . . and . . . ." "Or" goes with "either," and "and" with "both."

In the future, when you post on GE and have occasion to use the word "you," please write it with all three of its letters. On this website, we do not (or very rarely) use abbreviations from text-messaging culture.

Hello sir or Madam,

 So sorry for the abbreviation.

I really appreciate if you could explained your answer a little more because I didnot get it !

in a part you have written that they "cannot be conjoined", and at the end it is mentioned that "  is perfectly fine". I am somehow confused whether it is possible to connect them as in the example(except the mistake  "and") or not.

 

Best wishes

Mohsen

Hello Mohsen,

The answer is so clear. He said "You can't use (either) with (and)" as you in your original sentence. Otherwise, the rest of your sentence is fine. You should have written your sentence as follows:

I think the chores are either boring or a waste of time.

Or

I think the chores are both boring and a waste of time.

I hope this helps.

Best wishes,

Joseph

 

mohsen posted:

Hello sir or Madam,

Hello, Mohsen,

"David" is a masculine name. I am not a woman.

mohsen posted:
I really appreciate if you could explained your answer a little more because I didnot get it !

in a part you have written that they "cannot be conjoined", and at the end it is mentioned that "  is perfectly fine".

What I said was that the reason your example is ungrammatical is not because the two phrases cannot be conjoined. The "cannot" part must be understood in relation to the "not because" part. The two "not"s cancel each other out. Those two phrases CAN be conjoined. The reason your example is ungrammatical is that you used "either . . . and . . ." rather than "either . . . or . . ."

Do you understand now?

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