Quick answer
"Whether it be" is a phrase which is often translated as "ya sea", and "either" is a conjunction which is often translated as "o". Learn more about the difference between "whether it be" and "either" below.
whether it be
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
1. (general)
a. ya sea
This is an excellent bread, whether it be for lunch or dinner, you will enjoy it.Este es un excelente pan, ya sea para el almuerzo o la cena, te va a gustar.
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A conjunction is a word that connects words, phrases, clauses, or sentences (e.g. The cat and the dog slept.).
1. (indicating two options)
a. o
Either close the door or come inside.O cierra la puerta o entra.
b. u (before a word beginning with "o/ho")
It'll take either hours or mere minutes.Se tardará u horas o unos minutos.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
2. (one or another)
a. cualquiera
You can choose either glass.Puedes escoger cualquiera de los dos vasos.
b. ninguno (with a negated verb)
I don't think either team will win.No creo que gane ninguno de los dos equipos.
3. (both)
a. ambos
There was a person on either side of me on the plane.Tenía a una persona a ambos lados de mí en el avión.
b. cada
There were beautiful ferns on either side of the country lane.Había unos helechos hermosos a cada lado del sendero rural.
A pronoun is a word that stands in for a noun (e.g. she).
4. (one or another)
a. cualquiera
I like both of those popsicle flavors, so I can eat either.Me gustan las paletas de ambos sabores, así que puedo comerme cualquiera.
b. ninguno (with a negated verb)
I don't like beef or chicken sandwiches. I don't want either.No me gustan los sándwiches ni de carne ni de pollo. No quiero ninguno.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
5. (as well)
a. tampoco (with a negated verb)
I don't like cockroaches either.No me gustan las cucarachas tampoco.
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