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    both ... and (in negatives)

    Can we use "both ... and" in negatives?

    I can't play both the piano and the guitar.

    Where should I put "both" in such a sentence:
    1. I want to learn to both dance and swim.
    or
    2. I want to learn both to swim and dance.

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    Re: both ... and (in negatives)

    Quote Originally Posted by angelene001 View Post
    Can we use "both ... and" in negatives?

    I can't play both the piano and the guitar. This is unnatural as a stand-alone sentence. You could say "I can't play both the piano and the guitar at the same time".(I wouldn't, though)

    Where should I put "both" in such a sentence:
    1. I want to learn to both dance and swim.
    or
    2. I want to learn both to swim and dance.
    "I want to learn both swimming and dancing" seems more natural to me.

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