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Which sounds better:

Both of these problems don't have a solution.
Neither of these problems has a solution.

I'd go for the second variant. What do you think?

Thanks in advance.
  • entangledbank

    Senior Member
    English - South-East England
    Yes, 'neither' is the natural way. It is hard to imagine a reason for saying the one with 'both'. This would sound a little better if the verb was positive and the negative moved down in the verb phrase: Both of these problems have no solution. But this is still unusual compared to 'neither'.
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