both

both [ bouθ ] function word, quantifier ***
Both can be used in the following ways:
as a determiner (followed by a noun, but not by a pronoun):
Both children are at school.
as a predeterminer (followed by a word such as the, this, his, etc.):
I like both these pictures.
Both her children are boys.
as a pronoun:
Both arrived at the same time. (followed by of ):
Both of them are learning English. (after a noun or pronoun subject):
The twins both have black hair. (following a pronoun object):
I like them both. (after a modal or auxiliary verb, or after the verb to be ):
We can both speak Spanish.
They are both good singers.
in the expression both...and...:
a method that is both simple and effective
1. ) => NOTE used for showing that you are referring to two people or things, and that you are saying the same thing about the two of them:
Both my parents are doctors.
You can write on both sides of the paper.
There were two separate projects, and both came up with the same results.
She invited us both down for a drink.
both of: Both of the leaders expressed hope that the peace negotiations would continue.
two companies, both of which are owned by News International
2. ) => NOTE both...and... used for emphasizing that each of two things is true:
a plant that grows in both Chile and Argentina
The results of the research are both impressive and alarming.
Both she and her sister now live in New Orleans.
you and me both SPOKEN
used for telling someone that you are in the same situation, have the same problem, etc. as them

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • both — 1. general. Both, when modifying a single item, refers to two things or persons (both houses / both women); when, as both…and…, it couples two items, each of these may be singular (both the woman and the man) or plural (both the women and the… …   Modern English usage

  • Both — Both, a. or pron. [OE. bothe, ba?e, fr. Icel. b[=a]?ir; akin to Dan. baade, Sw. b[*a]da, Goth. baj??s, OHG. beid?, b?d?, G. & D. beide, also AS. begen, b[=a], b?, Goth. bai, and Gr. ?, L. ambo, Lith. ab[ a], OSlav. oba, Skr. ubha. [root]310. Cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Both — ist der Name eines mecklenburgischen Uradelsgeschlechtes, siehe Both (Adelsgeschlecht) Both ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Andries Both (1612/1613–1641), holländischer Maler Carl Friedrich von Both (1789–1875), deutscher Jurist und… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Both — Both, conj. As well; not only; equally. [1913 Webster] Note: Both precedes the first of two co[ o]rdinate words or phrases, and is followed by and before the other, both . . . and . . .; as well the one as the other; not only this, but also that; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • both — [bōth] adj., pron. [ME bothe < OE ba tha, both these < ba, fem. nom. & acc. of begen, both + tha, nom. & acc. pl. of se, that, the: akin to ON bathir, OS bethia, MDu bede, Ger beide: see AMBI ] the two; the one and the other [both birds… …   English World dictionary

  • both — there are several theories, all similar, and deriving the word from the tendency to say both the. One is that it is O.E. begen (masc.) both (from P.Gmc. *ba, from PIE *bho both ) + þ extended base. Another traces it to the P.Gmc. formula… …   Etymology dictionary

  • both — ► PREDETERMINER , DETERMINER , & PRONOUN ▪ two people or things, regarded and identified together. ► ADVERB ▪ applying equally to each of two alternatives. ● have it both ways Cf. ↑have it both ways USAGE When both is …   English terms dictionary

  • both´er|er — both|er «BOTH uhr», noun, verb, interjection. –n. 1. much fuss or worry about small matters; trouble: »What a lot of bother about nothing! SYNONYM(S): disturbance. 2. a person or thing that causes worry, fuss, or trouble: »A door that will not… …   Useful english dictionary

  • both|er — «BOTH uhr», noun, verb, interjection. –n. 1. much fuss or worry about small matters; trouble: »What a lot of bother about nothing! SYNONYM(S): disturbance. 2. a person or thing that causes worry, fuss, or trouble: »A door that will not shut is a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Both [1] — Both, 1) ein Bündel Flachs; 2) Weinmaß, so v.w. Bota …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

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