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# Both the ethical and pragmatic arguments of either side of the debate

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Updated on: 17 May 2018, 06:26
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Both the ethical and pragmatic arguments of either side of the debate are short-sighted, limited, often based in obscure scientific literature, and in the end so rife with technicalities that, in both the laboratory and the field, the decision seems to come down to chance.

A. that, in both the laboratory and the field,
B. that – in both the laboratory as well as the field –
C. that, in both the laboratory and in working in the field,
D. that – in both the laboratory as well as working in the field –
E. that, in both the laboratory as well as working in the field,

Originally posted by nayanparikh on 11 May 2018, 22:42.
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11 May 2018, 23:03
nayanparikh wrote:
Both the ethical and pragmatic arguments of either side of the debate are short-sighted, limited, often based in obscure scientific literature, and in the end so rife with technicalities that, in both the laboratory and the field, the decision seems to come down to chance.

A. that, in both the laboratory and the field,
B. that – in both the laboratory as well as the field –
C. that, in both the laboratory and in working in the field,
D. that – in both the laboratory as well as working in the field –
E. that, in both the laboratory as well as working in the field,

There are two differences that we can notice here.
1) both X and Y.
2) both X as well as Y.

both X and Y is the correct usage. And most important X and Y should be parallel.
This will help us eliminate B,D and E.

Let's check A and C.

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A- that, in both the laboratory and the field

he laboratory and the field is parallel. Hence it is the correct choice.

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C. that, in both the laboratory and in working in the field,

The laboratory and in working in the filed is not parallel. Hence Eliminate C.

A is the correct Choice

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17 May 2018, 03:46
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nayanparikh wrote:
Both the ethical and pragmatic arguments of either side of the debate are short-sighted, limited, often based in obscure scientific literature, and in the end so rife with technicalities that, in both the laboratory and the field, the decision seems to come down to chance.

A. that, in both the laboratory and the field,
B. that – in both the laboratory as well as the field –
C. that, in both the laboratory and in working in the field,
D. that – in both the laboratory as well as working in the field –
E. that, in both the laboratory as well as working in the field,

VERITAS PREP OFFICIAL SOLUTION:

This question creates a false decision point between dashes and commas to offset unnecessary information since either a pair of commas or a pair of dashes can be used. Skilled test takers will ignore this choice and go straight to the word “both” – a word that begs both parallel structure and idiomatic accuracy. “Both” indicates that there is a list that must be separated by the word “and.” Since (B), (D), and (E) all use the phrase “as well as” rather than “and”, they can confidently be eliminated.

Lists must also be parallel. Since “the laboratory” is a noun, the second item in the list must also be in noun form. That means that “in working” can’t be parallel to “laboratory”, so you can eliminate (C) and confidently choose (A).
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'Both ... as well as' is a bad idiom. Remove B, D, and E. In C, 'in both the laboratory and in working' is lousy correlative conjunction //ism
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