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    ... reflects both ... as well as ...

    Hello teachers,

    I would like to know whether there is any rule that says the word both should always be paired with the word and in a sentence.

    For instance, is as well as wrong in the following sentence?

    This visual “title” to each chapter reflects both Xuela’s sense of the way her mother’s death in childbirth has shaped her life as well as her increasing sense of personal and maternal identity.

    I find the sentence to be OK, but I am not sure.

    Thank you! Good day!

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    Re: ... reflects both ... as well as ...

    I would use "and" there.
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    Re: ... reflects both ... as well as ...

    No there isn't. Many uses of 'both' don't require pairing.
    "Both of us went to the movies."
    "Both of his feet were swollen."

    "Both X as well as Y", is awkward. You can say, "I performed both of the tasks you asked me to, as well as one of my own." Here, "as well as" doesn't join the two tasks of the first clause.

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