When you use correlative conjunctions, each of the correlated words should be placed immediately before the words to be connected.
You can have either chocolate cake or yellow cake for her party.
In a correlative conjunction, if a noun follows the first conjunction, it will also follow the second one.
Neither Wilma nor Betty likes shoveling snow in the winter.
An article (a, an, the) or preposition applying to all elements of a sentence must either be used only before the first element or else be written before each element.
Have you decided whether you want to go to Italy or to France on vacation?
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The smallest number is the one that comes first while counting.
To arrange the given numbers in order from smallest to greatest, find the smallest number among all the given numbers.
21 is the smallest number.