Difference between "både" and "båda"
I have encountered 2 sentences with the words "både" and "båda" on Duolingo:
Vi både skrattar och gråter. We both laugh and cry.
Båda mina föräldrar är hemma. Both my parents are at home.
May I know the rules for using these 2 words?
Moreover, if I want to change Sentence 2 into "Both my mom and dad are at home", is the following translation correct?
Både min mamma och pappa är hemma.
både in this sense is a conjunction, it's always used with och, which is also a conjunction. It's used in the form både x och y, meaning "both x and y". You can also use it as a short where the "x" and "y" parts are implied:
- Do you want to eat or sleep? Both.
- Vill du äta eller sova? Både och.
båda in this sense is a pronoun, meaning both of two things - two out of two.
The final sentence is slightly incorrect - it should be både min mamma och min pappa är hemma.
Native speaker here, and yes, that sentence is correct. I've never actually thought about it before, but after some consideration I'm almost certain the rule is både when listing two things and båda when it's "both of" ("Both of my parents are at home").
Somewhat unrelated, but fun to mention: båda can also be a verb. It's basically the same as the English "bode" I'd give example sentences, but I've repeated båda words too many times for them to make sense to me right now.
I hope I could help, but if you have more questions I'd be happy to help!