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    both v. either v. each

    1) "When Bill and his brother have the same number of books in their collections, how many books will each of them have?"

    Above is the original which of the following is correc, idiomatic and in the same sense as the original?

    2) "When Bill and his brother have the same number of books in their collections, how many books will both of them have?"

    3) "When Bill and his brother have the same number of books in their collections, how many books will either of them have?"

    Source: Algebra 1 by McDougal Littell.

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    #2

    Re: both v. either v. each

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    1)which of the following is correct, idiomatic and in the same sense as the original?.
    Neither.

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    #3

    Re: both v. either v. each

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Neither.

    But because they are two people, I think both could fit better? Would you like to explain why both is not correct?

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    #4

    Re: both v. either v. each

    With 'each' it is clear that we are talking about the number of books each individual has. With 'both' we could be talking about the total number of books the two have together.

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    #5

    Re: both v. either v. each

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    With 'each' it is clear that we are talking about the number of books each individual has. With 'both' we could be talking about the total number of books the two have together.
    Then can we say that each implies "separation" but both implies "togethernes" ?

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    #6

    Re: both v. either v. each

    If you wish.

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    #7

    Re: both v. either v. each

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    If you wish.
    But if you think that both is incorrect instead of "each" this means that it is out of a preference which you point out with "if you wish" and that it is a necessity.

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