On my request Amar introduced me to his friend who is a singer and a scientist.

My book says since both the nouns belong to same person the a before scientist can be eliminated.

One of my friends is both a novelist and a poet.

Does this rule apply to above sentence also ? Or Since it is mentioned both we need to use article with both nouns ?

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In "He is a singer and scientist", the structure He is a {something} applies to both activities.

Your sentence "My friend is both a novelist and a poet" can be written as "My friend is a novelist and poet" (the word "both" is also optional).

  • I agree both is also optional but if I had to use both then do I need to use second a before poet or it can be eliminated ? I.e. One of my friends is both a novelist and poet. Is this correct ?
    – user212388
    Aug 25, 2017 at 8:57
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    @user212388 "both" does not affect whether you need to use a second "a", so it is also optional.
    – Aric
    Aug 25, 2017 at 9:04

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