Re: "either"

Subject: Re: "either"
From: Sally Marquigny <SALLYM -at- MSMAILHQ -dot- NETIMAGE -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 1995 11:44:00 PST

It's not just awkward; it's not parallel.

Sally Marquigny Network Imaging Systems
sallym -at- msmailhq -dot- netimage -dot- com Herndon, VA
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From: TECHWR-L
To: Multiple recipients of list TECHWR-L
Subject: Re: "either"
Date: Thursday, January 19, 1995 9:13AM

Ray asks us to choose between

> "Entries either are alphanumeric strings, such as usernames or passwords;
or
a> choice between several preset strings, such as enabled or disabled."

> "Entries are either alphanumeric strings...."

> What's more important grammatical exactness or readability?

Ray, I would say that the second is not only more readable, but also
grammatically correct. If a student of mine had written the first sentence,

would have written "awkward" next to it.

Nora
merhar -at- alena -dot- switch -dot- rockwell -dot- com


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