"both" before and after the subject

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ozzy_tom

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Polish
Are all these sentences correct and do they mean exactly the same? (P.S. Fred and John are brothers)


1. “Fred and John both like beef”

2. “Both Fred and John like beef”

3. “Both (of the) brothers like beef”

4. “The brothers both like beef”


I'm especially suspicious toward the last one. Somehow it sounds incorrect to me but I have no idea why....
 
  • ozzy_tom

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    Polish
    What about sentences with "to be"?

    "They are both nice."

    "They both are nice."

    It seems we always have to use "both" after "to be". Am I right?
     
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