In the Writing Class
Student: Do I use ‘either’ or ‘either’ when I write?
Student: Thank you.
Teacher: Or ‘either’ it makes no difference.
Student: It may make no difference but they are pronounced differently. There are two ways of pronouncing the word.
Teacher: I know there are two ways to pronounce it, but only one way to actually write it. You just write e, i, t, h, e, and r and then you leave the reader to hear it the way that they want to.
Student: You mean that some readers will read ‘either’ and others will read ‘either’?
Teacher: That is correct.
Student: So… Which one should I use?
Teacher: Neither… or neither!
NB this may not work as well (or it may work better) when read aloud with one or two people playing the characters. I just thought that I would issue this disclaimer here. G:)