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In the next few weeks, both the Federal Trade Commission and the Commerce Department is planning to release independent, and possibly conflicting reports about online privacy.

A)both the Federal Trade Commission and the Commerce Department is planning to release independent, and possibly conflicting
B)the Federal Trade Commission and the Commerce Department are both planning to release independent, and possibly conflicting
C)the Federal Trade Commission and the Commerce Department both are planning to release independent, but possibly conflicting
D)both the Federal Trade Commission as well as the Commerce Department are planning to release independent, and possibly conflicting
E)both the Federal Trade Commission and the Commerce Department are planning to release independent, and possibly conflicting
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1. ‘Both’ is part of the co-relative conjunction both X and Y; so and is integral in this context. 2. Both should modify the FTC and the CD and nothing else; Best to keep it at the head 3. “but”, is required only when the second arm has to differ from the first arm. 4. SV agreement

A) both the Federal Trade Commission and the Commerce Department is planning to release independent, and possibly conflicting --- SV number agreement problem. Gone

B) the Federal Trade Commission and the Commerce Department are both planning to release independent, and possibly conflicting …. Placement of [color=#0000FF]both is wrong … looks like it is modifying planning [/color]
C)the Federal Trade Commission and the Commerce Department both are planning to release independent, but possibly conflicting …… use of but without a marked contrast is questionable; an independent report can be conflicting naturally.
D) both the Federal Trade Commission as well as the Commerce Department are planning to release independent, and possibly conflicting … both … as well as – wrong idiom.
E) both the Federal Trade Commission and the Commerce Department are planning to release independent, and possibly conflicting … all the above errors addressed and fixed. Right choice.
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1. ‘Both’ is part of the co-relative conjunction both X and Y; so and is integral in this context. 2. Both should modify the FTC and the CD and nothing else; Best to keep it at the head 3. “but”, is required only when the second arm has to differ from the first arm. 4. SV agreement

A) both the Federal Trade Commission and the Commerce Department is planning to release independent, and possibly conflicting --- SV number agreement problem. Gone

B) the Federal Trade Commission and the Commerce Department are both planning to release independent, and possibly conflicting …. Placement of [color=#0000FF]both is wrong … looks like it is modifying planning [/color]
C)the Federal Trade Commission and the Commerce Department both are planning to release independent, but possibly conflicting …… use of but without a marked contrast is questionable; an independent report can be conflicting naturally.
D) both the Federal Trade Commission as well as the Commerce Department are planning to release independent, and possibly conflicting … both … as well as – wrong idiom.
E) both the Federal Trade Commission and the Commerce Department are planning to release independent, and possibly conflicting … all the above errors addressed and fixed. Right choice.

Hi, Thanks for the explanation. I was just wondering if in the last option (E), in place of "and possibly conflicting", if the choice read "but possibly conflicting", then would it had been wrong.
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Use of but conflicting instead of and conflicting will be wrong for the same reasons as for C IMO
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30 Oct 2011, 22:58
subhajeet wrote:
In the next few weeks, both the Federal Trade Commission and the Commerce Department is planning to release independent, and possibly conflicting reports about online privacy.

A)both the Federal Trade Commission and the Commerce Department is planning to release independent, and possibly conflicting
B)the Federal Trade Commission and the Commerce Department are both planning to release independent, and possibly conflicting
C)the Federal Trade Commission and the Commerce Department both are planning to release independent, but possibly conflicting
D)both the Federal Trade Commission as well as the Commerce Department are planning to release independent, and possibly conflicting
E)both the Federal Trade Commission and the Commerce Department are planning to release independent, and possibly conflicting

E correctly uses the correlative conjunction "Both X and Y". E clear winner.
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31 Oct 2011, 02:12
Ans- E.
Nice explanation by daagh.
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31 Oct 2011, 03:24
Choice E uses the idiom both x and y correctly
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