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  • All, both – quantifiers

    Exercise 1

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

    1 happy to see you.

    2I liked music in your playlist.

    3 students worked hard to get good grades.

    4She has two sons and loves equally.

    5 were shocked when we found out the truth.

    6 admit their mistakes.

    7Count the coins and put in a bag.

    8We like schools. We can't decide.

    9 you need to relax.

    10 animals should have the same rights as humans.


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    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 all/both + of before 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 when there isn’t a determiner, i.e. the, my, this etc., before the 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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