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Postby simonedespo » Sun Apr 22, 2012 6:36 am

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Both Book A and Book B weight 5 pounds.
Does it mean each book weight 5 pounds?
Or
Two books together weight 5 pounds?

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Re: Both... and...

Postby Josef » Sun Apr 29, 2012 12:03 pm

Firstly, it should be:

Both Book A and Book B weigh 5 pounds. (no "t")

It is not the clearest of sentences.

To make it clearer, it could be:

Both Book A and Book B weigh 5 pounds each.

or preferably

Book A and Book B both weigh 5 pounds each.


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