"either"

Subject: "either"
From: "Osmundo R. Fernandez" <fernao -at- RPI -dot- EDU>
Date: Wed, 18 Jan 1995 17:44:44 -0500

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. :-)

Ray


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