Sometimes it's used as "as both" and sometimes as "both as", examples:

His performance both as a captain and as a player was terrible.


I start with my own story, as both a means of explaining where I come from and, I hope, a way to show why I believe everyone is capable of change.

Do they have different meanings in the examples and with what words could they be replaced keeping the same sense of those sentences?

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The most certain rule is to use parallel forms after the words "both" and "and" in such a construction. By that rule, either say,

  • both as captain and as (a) player


  • as both captain and (a) player.

Certainly there are times when the "rule" is broken. If it is clear that a particular word ("as" in this case) has been left to be "understood", most people will find it natural, but some still may think it is an error. In a context (probably formal) where you really are worried about that possibility, it would be best to go for strict parallelism with the "both a" and "as" constructs.


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