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If you don't tell the truth, you will be beaten.

If this sentence is to be changed by using 'either … or', which one is correct?

  1. Either tell the truth or you will be beaten.
  2. Either you tell the truth or you will be beaten.
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Either of your versions is acceptable—clauses in different 'moods' (declarative, imperative, interrogative) may be coordinated.

With the imperative version you may also omit the either:

Tell the truth or you'll be beaten.

And you can cast both clauses in the imperative:

Tell the truth or be beaten.

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