What is the difference among the following three sentences?

Both Apple and Google must remove the app.
Apple and Google both must remove the app.
Apple and Google must both remove the app.

To me the third sentence seems a bit strange because it does not satisfy any grammar rule.

  • 1
    The first and third are normal. The second is grammatical, but not idiomatic.
    – Colin Fine
    Mar 4, 2019 at 11:42
  • Determiner is usually placed before a noun or a pronoun but in the third sentence it is after a modal. Is this a correct construction? Mar 4, 2019 at 12:38
  • According to the Cambridge Dictionary, the third sentence is perfectly fine dictionary.cambridge.org/grammar/british-grammar/…
    – RubioRic
    Mar 4, 2019 at 13:37

1 Answer 1


They are all grammatical, but the first sentence definitely sounds the best. The "both...and..." construction is fairly common in English.

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