There comes a time in most employees’ lives when they have to pick between two choices. The time has come for you now, right?
Well, you might be okay with either choice. It’s best to communicate this as openly and obviously as possible.
Before using “either way is fine” in a formal email, you may want to read this article!
We’ve gathered alternatives to show you how to say both options are fine in different ways.
Is It Formal to Say “Either Way Is Fine”?
It is formal to say “either way is fine” in business emails. It shows you’re happy with either choice someone presents to you (as long as the sender is happy to choose for you).
You can use it in professional emails after being given a choice. However, it’s a bit non-committal.
Generally, you will set a better example and look more confident if you choose between two options. Nobody wants to hear an indecisive reply such as “either way is fine.”
You can refer to this example if you need help:
Thank you so much for providing this information! Either way is fine with me. I’ll let you choose.
- It shows you’re willing to go with either decision, as you think they are both good.
- It allows the original sender to make the final choice.
- It’s non-committal and implies you’re too indecisive to choose.
- It’s quite generic and shows you don’t care about the outcome.
“Either way is fine” is a good choice, but it might not always be the most appropriate. We recommend having a few alternatives ready to keep things more professional.
Keep reading to learn how to say “either way is fine” in an email.
What to Say Instead of “Either Way Is Fine”
- Either work
- I’m happy with both
- You can choose, as I don’t mind either
- They both work for me
- Both options are suitable
- Either one works for me
- I’d settle for either
- I wish I could choose both
- I’ll let you make the final call
1. Either Work
You may use “either work” instead of “either way is fine.” It’s a very direct and confident phrase. Also, it only uses two words compared to the four in “either way is fine.”
Removing unnecessary words is the key to making emails efficient and streamlined. The last words you write in an email, the easier it is for the recipient to follow.
You can try “either work” when replying to coworkers. It shows you don’t mind either choice they’ve provided to you.
The one thing you have to remember is using “work” instead of “works.” Either is treated as a plural term. For example:
- Correct: Either work.
- Incorrect: Either works.
You can also review this example:
Either work. I am happy to meet with you either day to sort out the situation as quickly as possible.
2. I’m Happy With Both
When someone presents you with two options, they usually ask you to choose your favorite. However, if both choices are desirable for you, then it doesn’t matter what you choose.
That’s where “I’m happy with both” comes in. It shows you don’t mind either choice.
Generally, this allows the sender to choose on your behalf.
You can use it when emailing employees. It shows you’re happy for them to take charge and decide on the best option between the two.
This email example should also help you understand it:
I’m happy with both dates. Let me know which time is more suitable for you if you’d like to make the final decision.
3. You Can Choose, as I Don’t Mind Either
Starting an email with “you can choose” gives the recipient power to decide. It’s a great way to keep things friendly and respectful between the parties involved in the email.
You may use it when emailing business partners. It shows you’re happy for them to take charge and decide the best way to do something.
Finishing with “I don’t mind either” also suggests there is no wrong choice. If you don’t mind either option, it puts less pressure on the recipient.
We also recommend reviewing the following email sample:
You can choose, as I don’t mind either day. I think they are both suitable for us to meet to discuss this.
All the best,
4. They Both Work for Me
Another way to say “either way is fine” is “they both work for me.” “Both” and “either” work in very similar ways. They only talk about two choices and allow you to select between them.
You may write “they both work for me” when you’re happy with either choice. It lets the recipient know you don’t need to choose between them because they’re both ideal.
Then, the recipient can decide which one is more appropriate. If they also don’t mind, it’s up to them to decide the final choice without your input.
Here’s a great sample email to help you with it:
They both work for me. Please choose the date that fits your schedule better, as I’m fine either way.
5. Both Options Are Suitable
It’s not often we’re presented with two choices that both fit our busy working schedules. However, when it happens, you can say “both options are suitable.”
Let’s say a colleague sets up a meeting and suggests two dates. If both dates are suitable for you to meet with them, you can write “both options are suitable.”
Then, your colleague can make the final choice. It keeps things polite and friendly between you and your colleague without putting pressure on the final choice they have to make.
Check out the following example if you’re still stuck:
Both options are suitable. Thank you so much for sorting this out, and I’ll let you make the final decision.
6. Either One Works for Me
“Either one works for me” is a formal way to say “either way is fine.” It’s a slightly different variation to the original phrase, making it a good way to mix up your writing.
You can write “either one works for me” when contacting a client.
If a client wants to meet with you, they might suggest two times or days that work. However, if you’re happy to attend the meeting on either date, you should make it clear.
That way, it’s up to your client to choose the meeting time. This gives your client more power in the situation, which often gives them more confidence and trust in you.
You can also refer to this example:
Dear Ms. Catford,
Either one works for me. Of course, I’ll let you decide which day is more suitable for our arrangement.
7. I’d Settle for Either
If you say you “settle” for something, it means it’s acceptable for you. Therefore, you can use “I’d settle for either” to show that both choices are suitable.
We recommend using it to take the pressure out of choosing between two options. Even if you’re not the one choosing, this is a great way to let the recipient know you’re fine with both choices.
Check out this example email if you’re still unsure:
I’d settle for either date. Can you ask the rest of the team to find out if they have any preferences?
All the best,
8. I Wish I Could Choose Both
It’s possible that two choices are so suitable that you’d prefer it if you could choose both.
Of course, that’s improbable in most situations, and you’ll need to make a definitive choice between the two.
You can write “I wish I could choose both” to show you’re enthusiastic about two choices. It shows you wish there was a way to select both options.
Also, this lets the recipient know that neither choice is bad.
This example will also help you understand it better:
I wish I could choose both, which shows I don’t mind either choice! I’ll let you make the final call here.
9. I’ll Let You Make the Final Call
You may want to encourage the recipient to choose. You can let them know that you don’t mind the outcome and say “I’ll let you make the final call.”
This is great to include in a professional email when someone has asked when you’re free.
It shows you’re free on most days and happy for someone to choose between two dates they’ve already selected.
Here is an email sample to also show you how it works:
I’ll let you make the final call. I certainly like the look of both days for the event. Please choose which one is better for you.