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    Dear teachers,

    1) When do we say both books and when do we say both of the books ?

    2) Are the following structures correct?
    a) Both books you lent me are interesting.
    b) Both books you lent me I found interesting?

    Thank you very much in advance.
    Hela

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    Re: Both

    Quote Originally Posted by hela
    Dear teachers,

    1) When do we say both books and when do we say both of the books ?

    2) Are the following structures correct?
    a) Both books you lent me are interesting.
    b) Both books you lent me I found interesting?

    Thank you very much in advance.
    Hela
    1. "Both books" and "both of the books" are interchangeable.

    2. a. is good
    2. b. is clumsy. Try "I found both books you lent me to be interesting."


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    Re: Both

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    1. "Both books" and "both of the books" are interchangeable.

    2. a. is good
    2. b. is clumsy. Try "I found both books you lent me to be interesting."

    OR. I found both books you lent me interesting.

    :wink:

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    I liked both books.

    :wink:

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    Re: Both

    Quote Originally Posted by henry
    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork


    1. "Both books" and "both of the books" are interchangeable.

    2. a. is good
    2. b. is clumsy. Try "I found both books you lent me to be interesting."

    OR. I found both books you lent me interesting.

    :wink:
    Yes, that would work. I normally insert the "to be" if the descriptive word does not immediately follow the noun it describes. :wink:

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