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When you link two phrases using and, you can put both in front of the first phrase for emphasis. For example, if you want to emphasize that what you are saying is true of two things or people, you put both in front of the first of two noun phrases.
Similarly you can put both in front of the first of two adjectives, verb phrases, or adverbials.
The phrase after both should be of the same type as the phrase after and. For example, you say 'I told both Richard and George'. Don't say 'I both told Richard and George'.
You can put both immediately in front of a single noun phrase when it refers to two people or things. For example, you can say 'Both boys were Hungarian'. You can also say 'Both the boys were Hungarian' or 'Both of the boys were Hungarian'. There is no difference in meaning.
Don't say 'Both of boys were Hungarian' or 'The both boys were Hungarian'. Also, don't use 'two' after both. Don't say 'Both the two boys were Hungarian'.
You can use either both or both of in front of noun phrases beginning with these, those, or a possessive determiner.
In front of personal pronouns you must use both of, not 'both'.
Don't use 'we' or 'they' after both of. Instead you use us or them.
Both can also be used after the subject of a sentence. For example, instead of saying 'Both my sisters came', you can say 'My sisters both came'.
When there is no auxiliary verb, both goes in front of the verb, unless the verb is be.
If the verb is be, both goes after be.
If there is an auxiliary verb, you put both after it.
If there is more than one auxiliary verb, you put both after the first one.
Both can also come after a personal pronoun that is the direct or indirect object of the verb.
You don't usually use 'both' in negative sentences. For example, don't say 'Both his students were not there'. You say 'Neither of his students was there'.
Similarly, don't say 'I didn't see both of them'. You say 'I didn't see either of them'.
Both can also be a pronoun.
Don't use 'both' to talk about more than two things or people. Instead you use all.
|Adj.||1.||both - (used with count nouns) two considered together; the two; "both girls are pretty"|
some - quantifier; used with either mass nouns or plural count nouns to indicate an unspecified number or quantity; "have some milk"; "some roses were still blooming"; "having some friends over"; "some apples"; "some paper"
both of them → los dos
both of us → nosotros dos, los dos
we both went → fuimos los dos
they were both there; both of them were there → estaban allí los dos
she was both laughing and crying → reía y lloraba a la vez
I find it both impressive and vulgar → encuentro que es impresionante y vulgar a la vez
he both plays and sings → canta y además toca
both you and I saw it → lo vimos tanto tú como yo, lo vimos los dos
Pronoun and adjective
"both ... and"
Emma and Jane both went → Emma et Jane y sont allées toutes les deux.
They've both left → Ils sont partis tous les deux.
We both went → Nous y sommes allés tous les deux.
Both of your answers are wrong → Vos réponses sont toutes les deux mauvaises.
Both of them have left → Ils sont partis tous les deux.
Both of us went → Nous y sommes allés tous les deux.
They saw both of us → Ils nous ont vus tous les deux.
both books/boys → tutti e due or entrambi or ambedue i libri/ragazzi
they were both there, both of them were there → c'erano tutti e due
both of us went, we both went → ci siamo andati tutt'e due
both are to blame → la colpa è di tutti e due
both of us agree → siamo d'accordo tutti e due
come in both of you → entrate tutti e due
she has 2 daughters: both are blonde → ha 2 figlie, bionde entrambe
both you and I saw it → l'abbiamo visto sia tu che io
both this and that → sia questo che quello
she was both laughing and crying → piangeva e rideva a un tempo or allo stesso tempo
he both plays and sings → oltre a suonare canta
they sell both meat and poultry → vendono sia carne che pollame