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D00M
Posted: Saturday, May 13, 2017 12:32:43 PM

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Hello respected teachers,

can 'both' be placed at the end of a sentence?

e.g. Are my sentences correct both?
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Posted: Saturday, May 13, 2017 12:43:51 PM

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D00M wrote:
Hello respected teachers,

can 'both' be placed at the end of a sentence?

e.g. Are my sentences correct both?


Hello, D00M.

No, it cannot be placed neither in the end nor in the beginning since it is a DETERMINER (a Noun modifier), and Determiners must be placed close to the Noun it is modifying.


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Posted: Monday, May 22, 2017 7:40:55 AM

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You can place "both" in the beginning or at the end of a sentence.

-Both are fine.
-I like them both.
-Let's open them both.(verb+pronoun+both: both comes after a pronoun.)
-Applicants for this course must speak French or German, preferably both.

But, both in the sentence given by you is in the wrong place. The reason is not because "both" can not be either in the beginning or at the end of a sentence.
It's because "both" in the given sentence is linked with "my sentences".
The sentence should be either "Are my sentences both correct?" or "Are both of my sentences correct?" or "Are both my sentences correct?"

When "both" can be separate from the words that it is linked with, it should be the cases only as follows:

1. the verb is "be" :
-These films are both famous. ("These films both are famous" is wrong.)
-They are both school teachers. ("They both are school teachers" is wrong.)



2. the verb is "auxiliary":
-They had both slept well. ("They both had slept well" is wrong. )
-They will be both sent to prison. ("They both will be sent to prison" is wrong.)



References: Both grammar in TFD , Both Grammar in Cambridge Dictionary


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