# Thread: both v. either v. each

1. ## 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.

Thank you.

2. ## Re: both v. either v. each

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

3. ## Re: both v. either v. each

Originally Posted by Piscean
Neither.

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

Thank you.

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.

5. ## Re: both v. either v. each

Originally Posted by Piscean
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" ?

Thank you.

If you wish.

7. ## Re: both v. either v. each

Originally Posted by Piscean
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.

Thank you.

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