Language Tip 35 (2014-15)

either vs. as well/too

Spot the error in these sentences:
“I don’t like vanilla ice cream and I don’t like chocolate cake too.”
“We are not disinclined to accepting the changes, and our customers are not adverse to the changes as well.”

Remember to use “either” instead of “too” or “as well” in negative constructions.
“I don’t like vanilla ice cream and I don’t like chocolate cake either.” (Assuming the meaning is “I don’t like ice cream or cake.”)
“We are not disinclined to accepting the changes, and our customers are not adverse to the changes either.” (Be especially vigilant when using double negatives.)

Jason Blake and Monika Kavalir

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