What Are Their Main Differences?
Some would think that both and all mean the same. But in fact, they are delicately different. Actually, the term 'both' refers to two options out of the two, while the term 'all' refers to each individual in a group of two or more.
What They Refer to
refers to two objects out of two. Sometimes it is implied that if we mention to both of the two in a group of two it can be all. That is right. In fact, 'both' can be 'all', but 'all' can not be 'both'.
refers to two or more. To be clear consider a group of one hundred people or things. 'All' refers to every one hundred people or things together at the same time.
Nouns That Follow Both and All
is followed by plural countable nouns and uncountable nouns. Sometimes it can mean 'the whole amount' and this meaning is mostly used with uncountable nouns.
is followed by plural countable nouns. It can not be used with uncountable nouns.
What Kinds of Verbs Follow Both and All
is followed by a plural or singular verb. With a plural countable noun, use a plural verb, and with uncountable nouns, use singular verbs.
is followed by a plural verb because it is used for plural nouns.
Both of and All of
- 'Both' and 'all':
are followed by 'of' when we use determiners or pronouns after them. However, 'both' and 'all' alone can sometimes be used before (determiners + nouns).
- 'Both' and 'all':
- as pronouns
- as determiners
As you might know, pronouns are used alone with no nouns after them, and mostly they come directly before the verb. Determiners are used before nouns to define them.
Since there is a noun after ''both'' and ''all'', they are determiners here .
"Which answer is correct?" "
"What did you choose?" "I don’t know.
All as an Adverb
'All' can be an adverb too. As an adverb, it can be used to modify a verb, an adjective, or another adverb.
My son was
Negative Form of All
The negative form of all is
But Not Both
Sometimes the expression 'but not both' is used to say that you have only one choice. It is basically used at the end of a sentence.
You can either have the cat or the dog