"Both stand valid" or "Both stands valid"

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I was answering a question in ELL and I got stuck between the usage of 'stand' and 'stands' in the phrase 'both stand/stands valid'. Which one is the correct version?

Context:

(Question) Which is correct ? "I was alone since last month" or "I had been alone since last month" ?
(Answer) "Both stands valid as neither of them are incorrect"

Varun Nair

Posted 2015-12-03T10:40:49.607

Reputation: 7 920

3What are 'both'? More than one? Then a plural verb. Also, alternative way to tell that is - *"...both are valid"*. – Maulik V – 2015-12-03T10:45:11.257

I know 'are' can be used. But that's not my question. "Both" refers to "two among two", yes, a plural verb. Do you want me to elaborate on the context to give you a little more information ? – Varun Nair – 2015-12-03T10:48:21.727

I believe it is "stands", the "plural verb" helped me...Thanks. – Varun Nair – 2015-12-03T10:50:37.067

1(Question) Which is correct ? "I was alone since last month" or "I had been alone since last month" ? (Answer) "Both stands valid as neither of them are incorrect" – Varun Nair – 2015-12-03T11:26:01.937

1@VarunKN - I think you have misunderstood. The plural form is stand, not stands. I stand, you stand, it stands, but they stand. Since there are two things, they stand and both stand. – stangdon – 2015-12-03T15:38:03.720

@VarunKN I think stangdon understand your confusion right. I was a bit surprised since I wouldn't expect someone who has a good command of English like you would have a problem with Both is/are, but it could happen, I suppose. – Damkerng T. – 2015-12-03T16:06:27.123

Answers

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Do you mean this?

Which is correct? Option A OR Option B?

If that's the case, there are two options and if you want to include them or call them as 'both', they are plural.

So,

Both are correct
Both are valid
Both stand valid

BUT

You are using 'neither' which takes a singular verb.

"....as neither of them is incorrect"

Maulik V

Posted 2015-12-03T10:40:49.607

Reputation: 66 188

A note on neither: http://english.stackexchange.com/questions/10304/which-is-correct-neither-is-or-neither-are.

– Damkerng T. – 2015-12-03T16:03:51.710