both : Common Errors in English

About both

“Both” refers to two items only. It is easy in speech to absent-mindedly add items to an initial pair and wind up saying things like “I like both mangos and papayas and Asian pears.” Try to avoid this when writing.How do you use “both” in a possessive construction? It’s not easy. “It’s both of our home town” sounds awkward. Better to restructure the sentence and say “it’s the home town of both of us.”People occasionally say things like “I phoned both them,” when they mean “I phoned both of them,” or “I phoned them both.”

both Meaning(s)

  • (s) (used with count nouns) two considered together; the two

both in News

  1. Sanchez, Smith both have plenty to work on for Jets

    Sanchez, Smith both have plenty to work on for Jets Associated Press Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 12:08 am, Thursday, June 13, 2013 The New York Jets' quarterback competition is still wide open — with no clear-cut winner in sight. While some would expect Sanchez, going into his fifth ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Albany Times Union

  2. Both Sides Can Agree: America's Top Spy Lied About Data Mining

    Public officials are rarely called liars these days, even when they lie blatantly, but the ideological odd couple of Slate's Fred Kaplan and Charles Cooke of the National Review are both using that word to call out Director of National Intelligence James Clapper for deceiving the public about the extent of the NSA's data gathering. ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: The Atlantic Wire via Yahoo! News

  3. UPDATE: Both Lanes of I-20 Open after 18-Wheeler Carry Frozen Chickens Overturns

    Both lanes of I-20 are back open after an 18-wheeler overturned Tuesday morning.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: NBC 10 - FOX 14 Monroe

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