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    both and either

    Hello,

    1. The film was shown on both BBC1 and BBC2, and on Channel 5.

    2. The film will be shown either BBC1 or BBC2, or Channel 5.

    3. Can a person be both a girl and a boy?

    4. Can a person be both girl and boy?

    I am just wondering if the sentences I have written are grammatically correct or not.

    Thanks.

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    Re: both and either

    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post
    Hello,

    1. The film was shown on both BBC1 and BBC2, and on Channel 5.

    2. The film will be shown either BBC1 or BBC2, or Channel 5.

    3. Can a person be both a girl and a boy?

    4. Can a person be both girl and boy?

    I am just wondering if the sentences I have written are grammatically correct or not.

    Thanks.
    Yes, they are.

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    Re: both and either

    However, is it not true that both and either, if we strictly comly with the grammar rules, should be used only with two objects?

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    #4

    Re: both and either

    Quote Originally Posted by Kotfor View Post
    However, is it not true that both and either, if we strictly comply with the grammar rules, should be used only with two objects?
    Yes, and 'both' and 'either' refer to only two entities in the above.
    Here's another one: You can have either chicken or beef, and vegetables. 'Either' refers to the first two, not the third.

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    How do we handle it when we have three objects?

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    Re: both and either

    Quote Originally Posted by Kotfor View Post
    How do we handle it when we have three objects?
    You can have chicken, beef or vegetables.
    You can have chicken or beef or vegetables.

    The second one is as unambiguous as you can make it. There is no replacement for the word "either" once you have more than two choices.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: both and either

    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post
    2. The film will be shown either BBC1 or BBC2, or Channel 5.
    You need an 'on' before 'either'.

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