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In English , we use " both of " , " both " for two things

for instance , if you are going out for a meal , there are two possible restaurants, you Say :

both restaurants are very good

Or,

both of the restaurants are very good

what is the difference?

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    The former is more common in speech. There's no difference in meaning. – user178049 Jul 15 '17 at 13:37
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You can say:

Both restaurants, both the restaurants and both of the restaurants are all grammatical, without any difference in meaning. However, the use of both + plural noun (both restaurants) is far more common and idiomatic.

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