Is it possible to say: "I am open to BOTH MSc OR Ph.D. positions."?

As I can not possibly have both positions at the same time, using and here seemed a little bit strange to me. I may say "I am open to either an MSc or a Ph.D. position"; However, I got curious about the possibility to say the same thing using both.

  • Both...and. Either...or. Commented Mar 21, 2020 at 19:50
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    Certainly it's possible to say it. It's not "correct", however.
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Mar 21, 2020 at 20:03

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Just take out the word both. It's generally extraneous and definitely extraneous here. Also, use your punctuation consistently.

I am open to M.Sc. or Ph.D. positions.

  • Thanks for the response. do you mean it is grammatically incorrect? If I insist on using 'both', do I have to use 'and' and say "to both M.Sc. and Ph.D."?
    – nima
    Commented Mar 21, 2020 at 19:52
  • Please check at the Help Center; answers should be accompanied by linked and attributed supporting references, or if the question is deemed to basic to need them, not given at all. Commented Mar 21, 2020 at 19:58

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