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    #1

    Both or both of?

    is it correct?
    Both Soha and Mona are students.
    Both or both of?

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    #2

    Re: Both or both of?

    Quote Originally Posted by sash2008 View Post
    is it correct?
    Both Soha and Mona are students.
    Both or both of?
    Both.

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    #3

    Re: Both or both of?

    Quote Originally Posted by sash2008 View Post
    is it correct?
    Both Soha and Mona are students.
    Both or both of?
    You could say,


    • Both of the girls are ...
    • Both of them are ...

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    #4

    Re: Both or both of?

    But I can't say:
    Both of Soha and Mona are students.
    Can I?

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    #5

    Re: Both or both of?

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    But I can't say:
    Both of Soha and Mona are students.
    Can I?
    Nope you can't...

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    #6

    Re: Both or both of?

    Quote Originally Posted by sash2008 View Post
    But I can't say:
    Both of Soha and Mona are students.
    Can I?
    Nope. The reason being, Soha is singular noun and the phrase both of requires a plural noun. So you could say,


    • both of the girls
    • both of them
    • both girls

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    Re: Both or both of?

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    Nope you can't...
    True, but why is that? What is the rationale?

    Knowing why something is or is not helps us understand how it works and its pattern in the grammar.

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    Re: Both or both of?

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    True, but why is that? What is the rationale?

    Knowing why something is or is not helps us understand how it works and its pattern in the grammar.
    I agree and my big brother is there for it....
    I am a student/learner, I mostly play a second fiddle...

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    #9

    Re: Both or both of?

    Quote Originally Posted by anupumh View Post
    I agree and my big brother is there for it....
    I am a student/learner, I mostly play a second fiddle...
    I fail to see your meaning. Could you explain it in other words?

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    This is, after all, a teachers' forum. Learners are expecting to hear from a teacher, which isn't to say that non-teachers cannot reply or respond to posts. Please, do! The more the merrier; but, if you are not a teacher, you should state that clearly for posters to see in every one of your posts.

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    #10

    Re: Both or both of?

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    I fail to see your meaning. Could you explain it in other words?

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    This is, after all, a teachers' forum. Learners are expecting to hear from a teacher, which isn't to say that non-teachers cannot reply or respond to posts. Please, do! The more the merrier; but, if you are not a teacher, you should state that clearly for posters to see in every one of your posts.
    It is my fault Soup, the "big brother" he is referring to is me, "bhaisahab" is Hindi and it means "big brother" in English. I didn't explain my answer.

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