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    #1

    NEITHER OF THEM WENT/ BOTH OF THEM DID NOT GO

    This is not my homework.

    Which of the following is correct and, if the both are correct, is there any difference in meaning?

    1:-Neither of them went.
    2:-Both of them did not go.


    I am facing difficulty in this regard as some one suggested that neither of them went is wrong and should be corrected but at the same time someone suggested that they both are okay.

    Now tell me are both of them grammatically correct?

    P.S. :- "Neither of them did not go" in my opinion is wrong. Am I right?

    Thanks for replying.

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    #2

    Re: NEITHER OF THEM WENT/ BOTH OF THEM DID NOT GO

    Your two sentences are both OK and mean the same thing.

    "Neither of them did not go" is gramatically OK, but unnecessarily convoluted.

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    #3

    Re: NEITHER OF THEM WENT/ BOTH OF THEM DID NOT GO

    Only #1 sounds natural to me.

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    #4

    Re: NEITHER OF THEM WENT/ BOTH OF THEM DID NOT GO

    They do not mean the same thing.

    There are two people. The first means that neither 1 or 2 went.
    The second means that only 1 of them went.

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    #5

    Re: NEITHER OF THEM WENT/ BOTH OF THEM DID NOT GO

    Excellent, now tell me, gramamr-wise, are all three correct? Please reply soon.

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    #6

    Re: NEITHER OF THEM WENT/ BOTH OF THEM DID NOT GO

    I agree with Dave and Mike. Sentence 2 is unnatural if you mean none went, and very rare if you mean the pair failed to go together. Generally, additive phrases (both, also, too, etc.) are not used in English sentences whose overall meaning is to negate. In French, you hear:
    --Je ne sais pas. [I don't know.]
    --Moi aussi. [Me too.]
    But in English, at least in AmE, it sounds like the second speaker misheard or is confused. To show agreement with a negation, you need something limiting or negating (Me neither/nor do I/I don't either, etc.)

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    Re: NEITHER OF THEM WENT/ BOTH OF THEM DID NOT GO

    Dear member,

    I am preparing for a examination where I have to find the grammatical error. To be less used and to be grammatically wrong are two different things.
    kindly tell me whether the British English Grammar allows the user to use the sentences or not.

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    #8

    Re: NEITHER OF THEM WENT/ BOTH OF THEM DID NOT GO

    You have to realise that there is no such thing as "the British English Grammar" as an authorised set of rules. Some things are obviously grammatical, some things obviously not, and other things can be argued about.

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    #9

    Re: NEITHER OF THEM WENT/ BOTH OF THEM DID NOT GO

    Dear member, please reply to my question also, which of the sentences are grammatically correct, even if they are rarely used, just tell me whether they are correct or not.

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    #10

    Re: NEITHER OF THEM WENT/ BOTH OF THEM DID NOT GO

    You have already been told that they are both grammatically correct. There is a big difference between grammatically correct and natural.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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