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    #1

    For (the) both of us

    Hello,

    I would like to know if these two sentences are equally correct:

    It is better for the both of us

    It is better for both of us


    Thank you for your help, as always

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    #2

    Re: For (the) both of us

    There are subtle differences, IMHO.

    It is better for the both of us = we are considered to be one unit, even though there are two separate people.

    It is better for both of us
    = each of us may benefit in our individual way.

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    #3

    Re: For (the) both of us

    BE speakers don't commonly use 'the both' unless we are imitating how Americans speak.

    Rover

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    #4

    Re: For (the) both of us

    Australian English doesn't generally use "the both". When it is used, I haven't noticed the difference in meaning that one poster above has.

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    #5

    Re: For (the) both of us

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Australian English doesn't generally use "the both". When it is used, I haven't noticed the difference in meaning that one poster above has.
    I'd say the same about British English.

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