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  • PaulQ

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    I don't see "either" as a conjunction in "Either the union will make a counter-offer or the original bid will be refused". It appears to me to be a fronting adverb that can be place as follows:

    "The union will either make a counter-offer or the original bid will be refused ..."

    (Compare by substituting "probably")

    The OED gives


    D. Conjunction
    c. or either
    : or. U.S. regional.

    1982 P. M. Ginns Snowbird Gravy & Dishpan Pie iii. 43 We'd take a straight pin and bend it or either a safety pin and cut it off.
    2012 G. Bettman in J. Gatehouse Instigator v. 167 They took us for granted, or either they didn't value us the same way we thought we should be valued.
     

    PaulQ

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    English - England
    That is what I quoted - (i) the phrase is "or either" (both words as a single, fixed phrase), which seems to add little to "or". (ii) Your example is not a use of "or either" (iii) Either as a conjunction is obsolete (iv) "Regional" = not standard.
     
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