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

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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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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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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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It's a local grammar book named [STRIKE]"HIGHLIGHTS OF ENGLISH"[/STRIKE] "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.
 

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

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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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