Is it correct if I say ''Both of you and I are...'' instead of ''Both of us are...''? I need help.

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    Delete the of if you want to use I. If you want to keep the of, use me instead of I. This is assuming you want to mean both of us. Jun 22 '17 at 16:07

"Both of you and I are..." says something about three people: it's the same as "The two of you and I are...", and the grammatical structure is like "both of you" + "I" or "the two of you" + "I".

If you're talking about two people, use "both you and I are...", which means "the two of us are".

Related post that gives some other rules for "both" and "both of": "Both which" or "both of which"

user20934's answer says that "both of" is required before a personal pronoun, but this rule doesn't seem to apply when both is used as part of the "both...and..." construction.

Cambridge Dictionary's English Grammar Today describes the "both...and..." construction as a "linking expression".

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    Calling the Oxford Comma! :-) (Yes, I know this isn't where it's called for, but "Both of you [two] -comma - and I..." might clarify the meaning) Jun 22 '17 at 18:15

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