I want to distinguish two options by using the "either...or" structure. However, as I have to explain the first option, the "or" part would start in a new sentence. Is this good style? Personally, I wouldn't like to start a sentence with "or". Which other options do I have?


One has two options: Either you do the first option. This requires several considerations. Or you do the second option.

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    "Either you so the first option, which requires several considerations, or you do the second (option)"
    – BillJ
    Nov 25, 2016 at 11:49
  • Well for the given example this would work, but if the additional information between the options (in my example the required considerations) is much bigger, it would stretch the sentence a lot.
    – tsabsch
    Nov 25, 2016 at 13:10
  • @BillJ You should write an answer with some explanation why your example works.
    – user3169
    Nov 26, 2016 at 8:06

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I would not use the words either … or.

One option is to place the birdhouse on a pole beside the mailbox. This requires obtaining a suitable pole, digging a hole and so on. It has the disadvantage of possibly annoying the mail carrier. Alternatively, we can skip the birdhouse idea and go get a pizza.

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