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Things vs Both - What's the difference?

things | both |

As a noun things

is plural of lang=en.

As a determiner both is

each of the two; one and the other.

As a conjunction both is

including both (used with and.



(wikipedia things)


  • One's clothes, furniture, luggage, or possessions collectively; stuff
  • Ole Golly just had indoor things and outdoor things.... She just had yards and yards of tweed which enveloped her like a lot of discarded blankets, which ballooned out when she walked, and which she referred to as her Things.'' —Louise Fitzhugh, ''Harriet the Spy (1964)


    * stuff







    Alternative forms

    * bothe (archaic)


    (en determiner)
  • Each of the two; one and the other.
  • * (Bible), (w) xxi. 27
  • Abraham took sheep and oxen, and gave them unto Abimelech; and both of them made a covenant.
  • * (1678-1751)
  • He will not bear the loss of his rank, because he can bear the loss of his estate; but he will bear both , because he is prepared for both.
  • *
  • Mind you, clothes were clothes in those days. There was a great deal of them, lavish both in material and in workmanship.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-07-19, author= Ian Sample
  • , volume=189, issue=6, page=34, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Irregular bedtimes may affect children's brains , passage=Irregular bedtimes may disrupt healthy brain development in young children, according to a study of intelligence and sleeping habits.  ¶ Going to bed at a different time each night affected girls more than boys, but both fared worse on mental tasks than children who had a set bedtime, researchers found.}}
  • (obsolete) Each of more than two.
  • * (Oliver Goldsmith) (1730-1774)
  • Both mongrel, puppy, whelp, and hound.
  • * (Samuel Taylor Coleridge) (1772-1834)
  • He prayeth well who loveth well both man and bird and beast.


    (English Conjunctions)
  • including both (used with and)
  • Both you and I are students

    See also

    (various semantically related terms) * * * couple * double * dual * neither * pair * second * twice * two