The twins...have red hair like their father (both/all/either/each)

# Each or both

Hi, Ahmed55,

Ahmed55 posted:The twins...have red hair like their father (both/all/either/each)

I have answered this question before. See here:

https://thegrammarexchange.inf...6#602832862064952626

Again, although I know that the expected model answer here is 'both', I see that both **'both' and 'each' are grammatically correct.**

The parents.... have a car .

(Both/each)

Is there any difference between two sentences?

Ahmed55 posted:The parents.... have a car .

(Both/each)

Is there any difference between two sentences?

I don't see a big difference in meaning between them as in either case they are used for **emphasis.**

On Longman English Grammar L. G. Alexander (section 5.26.2):

- Each, but not every,
**can refer to both the members of a pair:**

- As they had **both** worked so hard they **each** received a bonus.

- 'Both' usually means 'two items considered together'; 'each' considers two things separately:

- I spoke to **both** of the twins this morning. (i.e. together)

- I spoke to **each** of the twins this morning (i.e. separately)

So , the most appropriate answer in the second sentence is each to show that each of them has a car?

Ahmed55 posted:So , the most appropriate answer in the second sentence is each to show that each of them has a car?

No.

Strictly speaking, the expected model answer to such a question in our exams is: 'both'. You will find a similar question to yours below in exercise (1) provided with its model answer (left side: 4-D).

Grammatically speaking, there are two correct answers here: 'both' and 'each'. BTW, I completely agree with DOCV's previous comments on the same question that it is better to say:

- Both of my parents have.....

- Each of my parents has...,.

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