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I've always thought both and either had separate meanings, until I saw these two sentences:
Monday or Tuesday. Both are convenient to me. Either of them is fine.
I thought that using "both" meant taking two possibilities together, but this example suggests that "both" has a wider meaning and can be used regardless of picking only one. Agree?
Both (of the two possibilities) are fine. I probably wish to come on only one day (Monday or Tuesday), but, if required, I could come on two days.
Either (of the two possibilities) is fine. I don't mind which, but I am going to come on only one day.
In practice, they convey pretty much the same message,
Last edited by 5jj; 30-Dec-2011 at 21:23.
By a stroke of luck, he's always been able to write with either hand.
I take the cue from your replies, and ask: would it make sense if I said "with both hands"?
In other contexts, 'with both hands' could mean using the two hands at the same time, but the intended meaning is clear in your sentence.