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    Both of~, Two of~

    Hello, teachers:
    I am wondering what's the difference between" two of~" and "both of~" to native speakers.
    For example, could you please tell me what is the difference between
    Two of them can come tomorrow.
    and
    Both of them can come tomorrow.

    Could you please clrify it for me?
    Thanks a lot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by WUKEN View Post
    Hello, teachers:
    I am wondering what's the difference between" two of~" and "both of~" to native speakers.
    For example, could you please tell me what is the difference between
    Two of them can come tomorrow.
    and
    Both of them can come tomorrow.

    Could you please clrify it for me?
    Thanks a lot!
    As a non-native, I can tell you that both both of and two of deal with two people only. But it's two of that you use in order to select two items/people out of a group of items/people. Both of has the meaning of two items/people already selected:

    There are ten students in my class. Two of them (not Both of them) have never been abroad. However, both of them (not Two of them) are going to Italy this summer.

    In the last sentence, it is also possible to say the two of them, which is equal to both of them.

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    Re: Both of~, Two of~

    Thanks for engee's clarification.
    So
    Two of them means more than two people and Both of them means only two people.
    Did I grasp it?
    But,
    In the last sentence, it is also possible to say the two of them, which is equal to both of them.
    Sorry, I am confused about it.

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    Post Re: Both of~, Two of~

    Quote Originally Posted by WUKEN View Post
    Thanks for engee's clarification.
    So
    Two of them means more than two people and Both of them means only two people.
    Did I grasp it?
    But,
    Sorry, I am confused about it.
    Not quite so.
    (The) two of and both of = 2 people
    If you are going to introduce two people taken out of a group of people, you use two of:
    They've got a lot of good spies. Two of the spies have come into possession of our top-secret material.

    Now, if you want to continue talking about the two spies, you use the two of or both of:
    The two/Both (of the spies) are reported to have left our country already, I'm afraid to say.

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