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Reply Tue 18 May, 2010 08:25 pm
You'd better speak with a measured manner in circumstances both unstable and vulnerable.
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TTH
 
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Reply Tue 18 May, 2010 09:10 pm
@oristarA,
Something like:
Pick your words carefully in a unstable and vulnerable situation.
or
Speak calmly in an unstable and vulnerable situation.

I think you can leave out the word "both" because you are using the word "and" which already includes both.
Wait and see what the English experts say.
oristarA
 
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Reply Tue 18 May, 2010 10:08 pm
@TTH,
Thank you.

Let's wait.
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oristarA
 
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Reply Tue 18 May, 2010 10:34 pm
Here is some examples from English linguists:

1) He is a writer both witty and wise.
2) The hymnal we use is "Hymns Ancient and Modern"


A bit old-fashioned though.
TTH
 
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Reply Tue 18 May, 2010 11:04 pm
@oristarA,
oristarA wrote:
He is a writer both witty and wise.
Where does unstable and vulnerable fit into this sentence?
oristarA
 
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Reply Wed 19 May, 2010 12:22 am
@TTH,

Are these two the same?

in circumstances both unstable and vulnerable = in unstable and vulnerable circumstances


a writer witty and wise = a witty and wise writer
TTH
 
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Reply Wed 19 May, 2010 01:21 am
@oristarA,
It's against the rules to answer a question with a question Laughing
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Reply Wed 19 May, 2010 12:03 pm
@oristarA,
The sentence is fine, Ori. That use of 'both' is common.

I'm not 100% sure of the meaning/speaker's intent, but that would come if I were privy to a larger context.
oristarA
 
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Reply Wed 19 May, 2010 08:28 pm
@JTT,
Thank you JTT,
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