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    both?

    teacher, do I need to put "both" in this sentence? Are (a) and (b) OK?

    (a) Was Mary both the owner and driver of the Toyota vehicle that was involved in the accident in May of last year?

    (b) Was Mary the owner and driver of the Toyota vehicle that was involved in the accident in May of last year?

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    Re: both?

    Both sentences are grammatical. If you put in the "both", you mean to say she was both. Is that what you mean to stress?

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    Re: both?

    Quote Originally Posted by abaka View Post
    Both sentences are grammatical. If you put in the "both", you mean to say she was both. Is that what you mean to stress?
    And if you leave out "both", you mean to suggest that she was both too, don't you?

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