Difference between "I don't either" and "neither do I"

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Doolitle, Oct 29, 2009.

  1. Doolitle New Member

    French - Belgium
    Hello,

    I would like to know the difference between "neither do I" and "I don't either".

    Thanks a lot for your help.
     
  2. Loob

    Loob Senior Member

    English UK
    Hi Doolittle - welcome to the forums!:)

    Can you give us some examples of where you'd like to use one or the other?
     
  3. Kaleidoscope789 New Member

    English - England
    I'd say they can often be used interchangeably.

    For example, in response to a statement such as, "I don't like rain", both "neither do I" and "I don't either" would make sense.
     
  4. Doolitle New Member

    French - Belgium
    Hello Loob,

    If a friend says: "I don't think it'll be cloudy tomorrow"
    Would I answer "neither do I" or " I don't either" ?

    Other example: "I don't like to dinner in a fast food"

    Thanks a lot for your help.
     
  5. Doolitle New Member

    French - Belgium
    Hello Kaleidoscope,

    Thanks for your answer.

    Are there statements where they can't be used interchangeably ?
     
  6. whoknew123 Junior Member

    English
    I'm struggling to think of a case in which they couldn't be used interchangeably.
     
  7. UUBiker Senior Member

    Arlington, Virignia
    United States, English
    They're interchangeable, and I think it's fair to say they mean "approximately" (perhaps even "nearly") the same thing. Obviously there's a difference in emphasis. With "I don't either," the emphasis is on the speaker. With "Neither do I," the emphasis is on the negation.
     
  8. Doolitle New Member

    French - Belgium
    Hello UUBiker,

    Thanks a lot for clarifying the nuance between these expressions.
     
  9. Vennoo New Member

    Indonesian
    Hello everyone, :)
    If the sentence is "His pet didn't eat any meat yesterday and my pet didn't eat any meat yesterday"
    a. My pet didn't either
    b. Mine didnt either
     
  10. lapdwicks Senior Member

    Sinhala
    Welcome to the forum.

    Both are OK.

    And you can also say "neither did my pet", "neither did mine", "nor did my pet" or "nor did mine".
     

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