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# position of "BOTH" in a sentence

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24 Jun 2018, 22:09
which one of these sentences is correct.

They were both very nice, kind and beautiful.[/color]

They both were very nice ,kind and beautiful.[/color]
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24 Jun 2018, 23:10
aashishchawla wrote:
which one of these sentences is correct.

They were both very nice, kind and beautiful.

They both were very nice ,kind and beautiful.

They both were very nice ,kind and beautiful:
2nd sentence is correct. It basically conveys that you are talking about two person.

1st sentence is incorrect because it shifts the focus from subject. It talks about quality of subject.
The correct sentence is : They were both kind and beautiful.
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25 Jun 2018, 01:10
SSM700plus wrote:
aashishchawla wrote:
which one of these sentences is correct.

They were both very nice, kind and beautiful.

They both were very nice ,kind and beautiful.

They both were very nice ,kind and beautiful:
2nd sentence is correct. It basically conveys that you are talking about two person.

1st sentence is incorrect because it shifts the focus from subject. It talks about quality of subject.
The correct sentence is : They were both kind and beautiful.

actually first one is correct according to cambridge american grammar
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25 Jun 2018, 01:14
SSM700plus wrote:
aashishchawla wrote:
which one of these sentences is correct.

They were both very nice, kind and beautiful.

They both were very nice ,kind and beautiful.

They both were very nice ,kind and beautiful:
2nd sentence is correct. It basically conveys that you are talking about two person.

1st sentence is incorrect because it shifts the focus from subject. It talks about quality of subject.
The correct sentence is : They were both kind and beautiful.

here is the reason they gave

Both: position

If both refers to the subject of a clause, we can use it in the normal mid position for adverbs, between the subject and main verb, after a modal verb or the first auxiliary verb, or after be as a main verb:

They both wanted to sell the house. (between the subject and the main verb)

They had both been refused entry to the nightclub. (after the first auxiliary or modal verb)

They were both very nice, kind and beautiful. (after be as a main verb)

Not: They both were very nice …

i couldn't understand it though
Re: position of "BOTH" in a sentence &nbs [#permalink] 25 Jun 2018, 01:14
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