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Elizabeth Barber, the author of both Prehistoric Textiles, a comprehensive work on cloth in the early cultures of the Mediterranean, and also of Women's Work, a more general account of early cloth manufacture, is an expert authority on textiles in ancient societies.

(A) also of Women's Work, a more general account of early cloth manufacture, is an expert authority on
(B) also Women's Work, a more general account of cloth manufacture, is an expert authority about
(C) of Women's Work, a more general account about early cloth manufacture, is an authority on
(D) of Women's Work, a more general account about early cloth manufacture, is an expert authority about
(E) Women's Work, a more general account of early cloth manufacture, is an authority on
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A quick way to get at this one is to notice the 'Both A and B' idiom. Because the structure of the sentence is 'both Prehistoric Textiles...and B' that the only noun phrase that follows the and is in (E), with Women's Work. And just like that we have arrived at the answer .
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03 Aug 2012, 20:40
@chris

when to use "also"then? is the usage of "also"incorrect here and how about the second part "is an expert authority about" - isn't about correct?
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03 Aug 2012, 21:16
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Author of both X, modifier, and Y. If "both" was not there, also would have been acceptable.
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04 Aug 2012, 00:08
The difficulty level would be sub 600.
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07 Aug 2012, 18:16
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A quick way to get at this one is to notice the 'Both A and B' idiom. Because the structure of the sentence is 'both Prehistoric Textiles...and B' that the only noun phrase that follows the and is in (E), with Women's Work. And just like that we have arrived at the answer .

"also" can be used with both? or no?
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when to use "also"then? is the usage of "also"incorrect here and how about the second part "is an expert authority about" - isn't about correct?

I don't know how i did the blunder, i tried it for the next time and i did figure out the correct AC
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I just noticed Women's Work was a book. HAHAHA, thought it was a weird statement
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26 Oct 2013, 22:04
Hi All

I had a doubt regarding this question about the difference in expert authority and authority.
In the official guide , its written that expert authority is redundant but i fail to agree with this.
Can someone explain in detail why this is redundant.
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Elizabeth Barber, the author of both Prehistoric Textiles, a comprehensive work on cloth in the early cultures of the Mediterranean, and also of Women's Work, a more general account of early cloth manufacture, is an expert authority on textiles in ancient societies.

(A) also of Women's Work, a more general account of early cloth manufacture, is an expert authority on

(B) also Women's Work, a more general account of cloth manufacture, is an expert authority about

(C) of Women's Work, a more general account about early cloth manufacture, is an authority on

(D) of Women's Work, a more general account about early cloth manufacture, is an expert authority about

(E) Women's Work, a more general account of early cloth manufacture, is an authority on

"The author OF both" indicates that we need two titles. The first is already given to us, the second follows in the underlined portion. A and B erroneously add "also", we already know that she's the author of two things, "also" is reduntant and messes up the parallelism. A and B gone.

C) "account about" is not parallel to "work on". Also "OF" in the beginning is reduntant because the word is already used in a prior part of the sentence. Still, we keep it as a contender because everything else looks fine

D) Same problem as C with the parallel structure and the beginning "of". D has more problems though: the "about" at the end is erroneously used, idiomatically it is incorrect. You're an "authority ON" something, not about something. So D is gone

E) the omission of "of" is correct, "account of" is parallel to "work on", also the ideom "authority ON" is correctly used at the end. Between C and E, this is clearly the best.

So we go with E
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There are various splits-

Authority on Vs authority about- Authority on is the correct Idiom.

B and D are out.

Redundancy: Expert authority so further A and B are out.

We are left with C and E.

Correct Idioms:
Both X and Y
of Both X and Y

Wrong Idioms:
both X and also Y
of both X and of Y

So E is the undisputed answer.
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"also" can be used with both? or no?

No, "both X and also Y" is imprecise.

The correct idiomatic structure is "Both X and Y". Only option E has the correct structure.

Elizabeth Barber, the author of both Prehistoric Textiles, a comprehensive work on cloth in the early cultures of the Mediterranean, and ... on textiles in ancient societies.

(A) also of Women's Work, a more general account of early cloth manufacture, is an expert authority on

(B) also Women's Work, a more general account of cloth manufacture, is an expert authority about

(C) of Women's Work, a more general account about early cloth manufacture, is an authority on

(D) of Women's Work, a more general account about early cloth manufacture, is an expert authority about

(E) Women's Work, a more general account of early cloth manufacture, is an authority on

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ChrisLele wrote:
A quick way to get at this one is to notice the 'Both A and B' idiom. Because the structure of the sentence is 'both Prehistoric Textiles...and B' that the only noun phrase that follows the and is in (E), with Women's Work. And just like that we have arrived at the answer .

"also" can be used with both? or no?

No, "both X and also Y" is imprecise.

The correct idiomatic structure is "Both X and Y". Only option E has the correct structure.

Elizabeth Barber, the author of both Prehistoric Textiles, a comprehensive work on cloth in the early cultures of the Mediterranean, and ... on textiles in ancient societies.

(A) also of Women's Work, a more general account of early cloth manufacture, is an expert authority on

(B) also Women's Work, a more general account of cloth manufacture, is an expert authority about

(C) of Women's Work, a more general account about early cloth manufacture, is an authority on

(D) of Women's Work, a more general account about early cloth manufacture, is an expert authority about

(E) Women's Work, a more general account of early cloth manufacture, is an authority on

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I think you didn't read the explanation with attention I clearly mentioned the wrong idiomatic expressions.
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I think you didn't read the explanation with attention I clearly mentioned the wrong idiomatic expressions.

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I think you didn't read the explanation with attention I clearly mentioned the wrong idiomatic expressions.

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14 Mar 2015, 04:06
The best answer is E. Expert is redundant.
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06 Jun 2015, 09:18
Can somebody tell we whether the idiom both of X.. and of Y is correct?
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Okay remember this rule
"Of Both X and Y" is always correct...E is right
"Of Both X and Of Y" is wrong so C and D are out
"Of both X and Also Y" is always wrong so A is out
"of both X and also of Y" is always wrong so B is out
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Elizabeth Barber, the author of both Prehistoric Textiles, a comprehensive work on cloth in the early cultures of the Mediterranean, and also of Women's Work, a more general account of early cloth manufacture, is an expert authority on textiles in ancient societies.

(A) also of Women's Work, a more general account of early cloth manufacture, is an expert authority on

(B) also Women's Work, a more general account of cloth manufacture, is an expert authority about

(C) of Women's Work, a more general account about early cloth manufacture, is an authority on

(D) of Women's Work, a more general account about early cloth manufacture, is an expert authority about

(E) Women's Work, a more general account of early cloth manufacture, is an authority on

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05 Oct 2015, 06:52
Another quick way to solve the question is eliminating redundancy.

Authority is already an expert. So eliminate, A,B and D. Leaves us C and E.
Women's work is a noun, so it is the correct usage.
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Elizabeth Barber, the author of both Prehistoric Textiles, a comprehensive work on cloth in the early cultures of the Mediterranean, and also of Women's Work, a more general account of early cloth manufacture, is an expert authority on textiles in ancient societies.

(A) also of Women's Work, a more general account of early cloth manufacture, is an expert authority on
(B) also Women's Work, a more general account of cloth manufacture, is an expert authority about
(C) of Women's Work, a more general account about early cloth manufacture, is an authority on
(D) of Women's Work, a more general account about early cloth manufacture, is an expert authority about
(E) Women's Work, a more general account of early cloth manufacture, is an authority on

Hi,
As far I know, there must be at least 3 things if we want to use comma (,) before the final 'and'. But, in this question, there are just 2 things in the list (e.g., Prehistoric Textiles and Women's Work)-"a comprehensive work on cloth in the early cultures of the Mediterranean" and " a more general account of early cloth manufacture" are not the things that make list; they are just modifier. So, my question is WHY we've used comma (,) before the final 'and'?
Thanks...
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