"in both" or "both in"

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Which one is correct:

 

1) The image is present both in the book and in the magazine.

 

2) The image is present in both the book and in the magazine.

 

3) The image is present in both the book and the magazine.

asked Oct 31 '13 at 16:23 Qiaoshang New member

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I have to disagree with Sanjay's answer.  In all three sentences, there is one book and one magazine. 

 

The easiest way to see the difference is change in to another preposition for one of them.  Let’s say instead of in(side) the magazine, the image is on the cover of the magazine

 

The first sentence is fine as it is, but let’s use the different preposition.  It still makes sense. 
The image is present both in the book and on the magazine. 
That means the image is present both places.   Both here and there, both this place and that place, both in and on…

 

The second sentence is incorrect.  If you want to use in both, then you don’t introduce a second preposition.  You already have the preposition.  To illustrate, here is the sentence with another preposition.


The image is present in both the book and on the magazine. 
Well, it isn’t “in both”.  It is in one and on the other. 

 

The third sentence would be the correct way to write it if you want to use in both.
The image is in both the book and the magazine. 

In both this and that.  That is different than the first sentence, which tells us both here and there.   

link answered Oct 31 '13 at 18:02 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

Many thanks, Patty! Got the point now!

QiaoshangOct 31 '13 at 18:05

Thank you, ma'am.

SanjayNov 01 '13 at 04:45

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