Posted by Bobby on Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 5:07pm.
Hello everyone!!
For these six sentences, I have to explain what determines whether the sentence is grammatical or not
1) Both the students were studying.
2) The students were both studying.
3) They were both studying.
4) *Both they were studying.
5) Both of you were studying.
6) *You were both of studying.
I know "both" is predeterminer when it comes before central determiner like sentence (1) and (5) but I have no idea about the rest of them....
Please help me....

Lingusitics  SraJMcGin, Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 6:05pm
The only incorrect ones, grammatically, is #4 because it has 2 subjects and #6.
#1 and #2 are clear but #3 and #5 do not specify that "students" were there.
Sra

Lingusitics  Bobby, Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 6:18pm
What reasons can I provide to jusify if there are correct or wrong? Please help i am totally lost...
1) Both the students were studying.
> ("Both" pre + "the"central )
2) The studnets were both studying.
> ("The" central)......(for "both", is it post? )
3) They were both studying.
> is this null DP ?,,, or "both" is still determiner ?
4) *Both they were studying.
> Both is predeterminer but it is not grammatical..?
5) Both of you were studying.
> (Both is pre... but i think "of" is not part of it ....
6) *You were both of studying.
> have no idea...
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