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    Hello,

    -They both mean nothing.

    -They both make no sense.

    -Both of you are not clever enough for me.

    -They both seldom go to concert.

    -They both never go to concert.

    Could you please check out the sentences are OK or not?

    Thanks.

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    Re: both

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    I wouldn't say these sentences are wrong, but most of them would work better using 'neither' instead of 'both'. The 2nd and 3rd sentences really jump out at me in this regard:
    2) Neither makes any sense.
    3) Neither of you are clever enough for me.

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    Re: both

    Quote Originally Posted by SlickVic9000 View Post
    3) Neither of you are clever enough for me.
    Before anybody asks: although purists will claim that we need a singular verb there, 'are' is perfectly acceptable to most native speakers these days.

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