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    "are both" or "both are" in PRESENT PROGRESSIVE?!

    Hi! I hope you can solve an argument I've been having with a friend. I know that when you use "both" within the sentence, you'd normally say (for instance) "John and Mary are both doctors." But my friend says that, in Present Progressive, you'd say "Bill and Sue both are watching TV." Is he correct? Shouldn't it still be "Bill and Sue are both watching TV."? I can't find anything online to prove me right!

    Either way, I'd rather know. Thanks!

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    Re: "are both" or "both are" in PRESENT PROGRESSIVE?!

    Bill and Sue are both watching TV.
    Both Bill and Sue are watching TV.


    Bill, Sue and their friends are all watching TV,

    These are the natural word orders.

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    Re: "are both" or "both are" in PRESENT PROGRESSIVE?!

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Bill and Sue are both watching TV.
    Both Bill and Sue are watching TV.


    Bill, Sue and their friends are all watching TV,

    These are the natural word orders.
    Brilliant! Thank you very much for your clarification.

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