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    Red face "Both" or "Both the" in the following context?

    Which one is grammatical: "Both brother and sister are wicked" or "both the brother and the sister are wicked"?

    Dear teachers, I found the first sentence in my grammar book. I am a little confused. Shouldn't the first sentece use the article 'the' after the word 'both'?

    Please help me.

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    Re: "Both" or "Both the" in the following context?

    The definite article is often omitted in such sentences. However, if you did include it, your sentence would not be ungrammatical.

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    Re: "Both" or "Both the" in the following context?

    Quote Originally Posted by subhajit123 View Post
    I found the first sentence in my grammar book.
    Please tell us the title and author of your grammar book.

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    Re: "Both" or "Both the" in the following context?

    It's a local grammar book named "HIGHLIGHTS OF ENGLISH" and written by PK. Mukherjee.
    Dear teacher, Are both of the sentences grammatically correct?

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    Re: "Both" or "Both the" in the following context?

    Quote Originally Posted by subhajit123 View Post
    It's a local grammar book named "HIGHLIGHTS OF ENGLISH" "Highlights of English" and written by P.K. Mukherjee.
    Dear teacher, are both of the sentences grammatically correct?
    See above. There is no need to capitalise all the letters in a book title.

    Yes, both sentences in the original are correct. However, I strongly recommend that you try to find a grammar book written by a native speaker.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: "Both" or "Both the" in the following context?

    Thank you teacher. can you suggest to me a good grammar book?

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    Re: "Both" or "Both the" in the following context?

    Quote Originally Posted by subhajit123 View Post
    Thank you. teacher. Can you suggest to me a good grammar book?
    Look at the Raymond Murphy series.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: "Both" or "Both the" in the following context?

    I guess if I say "Both the boy and the girl were at the park.", here the article "the" is necessary. But if I say "both son and daughter were at the park.", here the article isn't necessary. Isn't it?

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    Re: "Both" or "Both the" in the following context?

    Quote Originally Posted by subhajit123 View Post
    Thank you teacher. can you suggest to me a good grammar book?
    Michael Swan's Practical English Usage is a very good book.

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