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Hello

Could you tell me if the following expressions are correct?

I don't know both girls.
Both my brothers are not bright.
Both of them are not here.

※I don't think they are idiomatic enough, but I'm not sure about that. Because all those sentences are from my dictionary.
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ViceidolHello

Could you tell me if the following expressions are correct?

I don't know both girls.
Both my brothers are not bright.
Both of them are not here.

※I don't think they are idiomatic enough, but I'm not sure about that. Because all those sentences are from my dictionary.

I don't know either girl.

Neither of my brothers is bright.

Neither of them is here.
I think your dictionary has given some bad examples.

With all, every, or both in the subject, the verb should not be negated. Reword with the negative idea in the subject.

CJ
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Thank you, Philip and CalifJim! Your examples and explanation are clear and definite.Emotion: smileI completely understand now.
CalifJimI think your dictionary has given some bad examples.

With all, every, or both in the subject, the verb should not be negated. Reword with the negative idea in the subject.

CJ

Hi CJ,

I am not sure what you mean by 'the verb should not be negated'..Could you please explain? Thanks a lot. Emotion: smile
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CalifJimI think your dictionary has given some bad examples.

With all, every, or both in the subject, the verb should not be negated. Reword with the negative idea in the subject.

CJ

Hi CJ,

I am not sure what you mean by 'the verb should not be negated'..Could you please explain? Thanks a lot. Emotion: smile
Do not use a negative with the verb. The three are affirmative in nature. To make them negative, negate the words themselves rather than the verb.
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I am not sure what you mean by 'the verb should not be negated'..Could you please explain?
See my previous posts on the subject:

Both / Neither
Logic and negative sentences
either of them is to go
Please help! both not vs. not both

CJ