both clever and hardworking

Mary R Carter

Thai - Thailand
Dear teachers,

Can I say, "john is both a clever and hard working man" instead of "John is both clever and hardworking"?

Thanks a lot sirs/madams. I am sorry that my two threads came up one after another.
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  • fiercediva

    Senior Member
    American English
    Or, by saying John is a "clever, hardworking man" you might not have to use "both," since you've mentioned two disparate qualities and the "both" would be implied.