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Beide seems really complicated

It seems that beide may not mean always both.
I was reading a discussion here and is not all that clear:

http://forum.wordreference.com/showthread.php?t=2246816

Could someone claify this please.

Vielen dank im Voraus!



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    beide means always both! Zum Beispiel: Zwei Menschen gehen spazieren.Beide sehen ein Flugzeug. Beide hat die Bedeutung von "gemeinsam" oder "zusammen" !
    Well, "both" can also mean "one or the other". :-)

    "I would go to both parties" also means (AFAIK) "given the opportunity, I'd go to either party". The difference is that it's hypotitical, same as "Ich würde auf beide Partys gehen".

    In the indicative form "Ich bin auf beide Partys gegangen" there's no such choice, so it can only mean "I went to exactly two parties", same as "I went to both parties".

    So, "beide" always means "both".

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