Both either neither all

My sister bought two new skirts and ............ of them are long and green.

 

1- all  2- either  3- neither  4- both

 

I'd say that, 4 is the suitable choice. If true, could anyone explain why 1, 2, and 3 aren't suitable in this sentence? Thanks in advance.

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Yama,

As you say, (4) is the correct choice.  As I just recently said in your "Either or each" thread, "all" would be correct if there were more than two skirts.  "Neither" would work if the verb were singular:

My sister bought two new skirts and neither of them is long and green.

"Either" also takes a singular verb, but even so it wouldn't make sense in this context.

*My sister bought two new skirts and either of them is long and green.

This would have to mean something like "you can choose which one is long and green".  But you can say:

My sister bought two new skirts and one of them is long and green.

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