Is there a way to say something like:

I can choose both.

But with a strong implication of choosing only one of the two?

Of course I could say:

Both are allowed.

Is either what I'm searching for?


I can choose either.

Either will do.

suggest that only one has to be chosen?

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    You can choose one or the other, but you can't have both.
    – J.R.
    Mar 1, 2016 at 9:30
  • @J.R. that's what I want to express concisely, also being the one who has to choose
    – drM.
    Mar 1, 2016 at 10:11
  • Are you looking for something like mutually-exclusive selector which means you can only choose one from any number of possibilities (whoever makes the selection is the selector)
    – Peter
    Mar 1, 2016 at 10:39
  • @Peter Exactly. An example could be which test you have to take in order to get something. Turns out you are able to choose whichever you prefer, but you don't have to take both.
    – drM.
    Mar 1, 2016 at 10:46
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    Is it "you don't have to take both" or "you can't take both"? Mar 1, 2016 at 12:04

1 Answer 1


I can choose either.

Either will do.

Both of these imply one or the other. Either is exactly the word you are looking for.

I can either take that test or this test.

We can either go fishing or shopping.

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