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    either and both

    Joey is a New York Italian. He's an actor who manages to spend most of the series unemployed. Nevertheless he has total belief in his talents. He' s rather dense, but lovable and charming. He'll cheer himself up with food or women. Either will do, but both at the same time is best.

    Q: What does the sentence mean? Why didn't the writer put " Either will do, but both at the same time are better"?
    I think "both" are often followed by plural verb and comparative adjectives.

    Thanks!

    Jason

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    Re: either and both

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonlulu_2000 View Post
    Joey is a New York Italian. He's an actor who manages to spend most of the series unemployed. Nevertheless he has total belief in his talents. He' s rather dense, but lovable and charming. He'll cheer himself up with food or women. Either will do, but both at the same time is best.

    Q: What does the sentence mean? Why didn't the writer put " Either will do, but both at the same time are better"?
    I think "both" are often followed by plural verb and comparative adjectives.

    Thanks!

    Jason
    First, it is not uncommon to use "best" when there are only two options. Second, both is normally plural, but when one says "both at the same time" it creates a unit. In that case, the singular is more common.

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