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Both of my parents vs. Lots of my parents #1 (permalink) Fri Dec 08, 2006 2:53 am   Both of my parents vs. Lots of my parents
 

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #50 "Elementary Grammar Questions", question 5

......... of my parents live in the United States of America.

(a) Lots
(b) The two
(c) All
(d) Both

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #50 "Elementary Grammar Questions", answer 5

Both of my parents live in the United States of America.

Correct answer: (d) Both

Your answer was: incorrect
Lots of my parents live in the United States of America.
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Both of my parents vs. Lots of my parents #2 (permalink) Fri Dec 08, 2006 8:20 am   Both of my parents vs. Lots of my parents
 

Hi Hani

The word both refers to exactly two people or things. Lots refers to many people or things, but people don't have more than two parents.

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Both of my parents vs. Lots of my parents #3 (permalink) Thu Feb 26, 2009 9:34 am   Both of my parents vs. Lots of my parents
 

Hi there,

Why cannot use 'all'?

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Both of my parents vs. Lots of my parents #4 (permalink) Thu Feb 26, 2009 10:32 am   Both of my parents vs. Lots of my parents
 

Hi Zellzacks,

'Parents' refers to two people - mother and father. 'All' would refer to more than two, at least.

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Both of my parents vs. Lots of my parents #5 (permalink) Wed Dec 30, 2009 16:19 pm   Both of my parents vs. Lots of my parents
 

Is there any difference between both my parents ... and both of my parents ...
Could "both my parents" have been acceptable in the test ?
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Both of my parents vs. Lots of my parents #6 (permalink) Wed Dec 30, 2009 19:51 pm   Both of my parents vs. Lots of my parents
 

Hello,

'Both my parents' would also work. 'Both of my parents' just emphasises the fact that it is the two of them and not just one but the meaning is really the same.

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