Exercise 1

Choose the correct forms of all/both to complete the sentences.

1 happy to see you.

2 I liked music in your playlist.

3 students worked hard to get good grades.

4 She has two sons and loves equally.

5 were shocked when we found out the truth.

6 admit their mistakes.

7 Count the coins and put in a bag.

8 We like schools. We can't decide.

9 you need to relax.

10 animals should have the same rights as humans.


 

 

all/both – grammar chart

 
all, both – quantifiers
 

all/all the; both/both (the)

 
We can use both or both the/my/etc. + noun in the same way to refer to two people or things.

  • Both students/Both the students passed the exam. 
  • They won both matches/both the matches.  

We use all + noun (without the) to refer to things/people in general.

  • All students hate homework. (all + plural countable nouns)
  • All music makes people feel something. (all + uncountable nouns)

We use all + the/my/etc. + noun to refer to particular people or things.

  • All the students in my class hate homework. (all the + plural countable nouns)
  • All the music I download makes me feel something. (all the + uncountable nouns)

 

all (of) the; both (of the)

 
We can use of in both/all of the/my/Tom’s + noun. But it is often omitted.

  • All (of) the students in my class hate homework.
  • Both (of the) students passed the exam. 

But we cannot use both/all of + noun.

  • All/Both of the students passed the exam. (But NOT All/Both of students)

 

all/both: word order with pronouns

 

all of us / both of them / etc. (subject)

 
We can use all/both of + you/us/them before a verb (as the subject of a sentence).

  • All of us were at the party.
  • Both of them are wrong. 

Note that of is necessary; we cannot omit it.

  • All of us were at the party. (NOT All us were at the party.)

 

us all / them both / etc. (object)

 
We can use you/us/them + all/both after a verb (as the object of a sentence).

  • The judge sent them all to jail. (=The judge sent all of them to jail.)
  • She loves them both(=She loves both of them.)

 

all/both: word order with verbs (mid position)

 
All and both can be used in mid position. Mid position is:

before the verb.

  • We both like going to the cinema. (=Both of us like going to the cinema.)
  • They all left without saying goodbye. (=All of them left without saying goodbye.)

after the verb be when it’s the only verb in a sentence.

  • The boys were all happy. (=All the boys were happy.)
  • The players are both tired. (=Both [the] players are tired.)

after an auxiliary verb, or after the first auxiliary verb if there is more than one.

  • They are all going to disappear. (=All of them are going to disappear.)
  • The robbers have both been arrested. (=Both [the] robbers have been arrested.)

In questions mid position is after the subject.

  • Have they both finished? 

 


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