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    I have some questions..

    Hello teacher.
    Would you answer my questions ?
    Q1. What is the difference between sentence A and B ?
    1-1-A)They were both fast asleep in their cots.
    1-1-B)They both were fast asleep in their cots.

    1-2-A)No BANK could ever pay off its creditors.
    1-2-B)No BANKS could ever pay off its creditors.

    Q2. Can I change the sentence A into B ? And if A can be changed into B, each sentence has the same meanings?
    A) I tapped him on THE shoulder. (I found this in my dictionary.)
    B) I tapped him on HIS shoulder.

    Thanks!

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    Re: I have some questions..

    1-1-A)They were both fast asleep in their cots.
    1-1-B)They both were fast asleep in their cots.
    They both mean the same thing.

    1-2-A)No BANK could ever pay off its creditors.
    1-2-B)No BANKS could ever pay off its creditors.
    The second one is grammatically incorrect. It should be: "No banks could ever pay off their creditors."

    Q2. Can I change the sentence A into B ? And if A can be changed into B, each sentence has the same meanings?
    A) I tapped him on THE shoulder. (I found this in my dictionary.)
    B) I tapped him on HIS shoulder.
    The two sentences mean the same thing.

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    1-1-A)They were both fast asleep in their cots.
    1-1-B)They both were fast asleep in their cots.

    I'd say that they're could be a small difference- in the second, by moving the position of 'both, you could imply a degree of surprise that the two and not one were alseep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    1-1-A)They were both fast asleep in their cots.
    1-1-B)They both were fast asleep in their cots.

    I'd say that they're could be a small difference- in the second, by moving the position of 'both, you could imply a degree of surprise that the two and not one were alseep.
    Maybe so, but context would make more difference.

    When I went into their bedroom I was surprised at what I saw. They were both fast asleep in their cots.

    I went into the bedroom to see why they were so quiet. They both were fast asleep in their cots.

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    Definitely.

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