Both or each

grandmother says that my brothers and I can ........... take a cake from the kitchen.

 

1- each 2-   every   3- both   4- either

 

I guess the suitable answer is (1). But, I'm not sure. If I'm right, I don't know why (3) isn't suitable. Thanks in advance.

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Hi, Yama,

Yama posted:

Grandmother says that my brothers and I can ........... take a cake from the kitchen.

 

1- each 2-   every   3- both   4- either

 

I guess the suitable answer is (1). But, I'm not sure. If I'm right, I don't know why (3) isn't suitable. Thanks in advance.

Yes, 'each' is the best answer here. It is clear that there are more than two persons here, so 'both' and 'either' can't be used. Of course, 'every' doesn't work here at all.

Yama,

Just yesterday, on the Either or all thread, you wrote:

I'm truly sorry for any unintended mistakes. I'll do my best to avoid these mistakes again.

You may recall that the most significant mistake was failure to cite the source of quoted material.  Am I to understand that this is not a quote, but rather something you made up on your own?

Well, that would explain the small "g" in "grandmother", at least.  As bad as some of those outside books are, they usually can handle capitalization, at least.  Although I have seen exceptions.

Another thing you may recall from that thread is that "both" can only be used when exactly two people or things are being referred to.

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