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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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21 Sep 2011, 04:57
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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
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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

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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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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My 2 cents in Red below -

First to observe is the S-V agreement and than the modification done by word - both.

getgyan 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, Subject is plural - so we need are and not "is"
B. the Federal Trade Commission and the Commerce Department are both planning to release independent, and possibly conflicting,both is modifying planning instead it should modify the 2 departments
C. the Federal Trade Commission and the Commerce Department both are planning to release independent, but possibly conflicting, Same problem with - both as in {B}
D. both the Federal Trade Commission as well as the Commerce Department are planning to release independent, and possibly conflicting, it should be - both the X and Y, no need for as well as in between
E. both the Federal Trade Commission and the Commerce Department are planning to release independent, and possibly conflicting, This one makes sense, both is modifying the FTC and the CD, Verb - "are" satisfies the plural verb.

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30 Oct 2012, 05:36
AND needs plural verb while AS well AS needs singular verb. eliminate A,D.
B. Placement of both is incorrect. Eliminate.
between C and E, placement of both is better in E. Moreover, C uses Independent, but Conflicting.
Hence E wins.
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Can someone explain why "both the" is correct and "..are both planning " and " ..both are planning" incorrect..
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Can someone explain why "both the" is correct and "..are both planning " and " ..both are planning" incorrect..

BOTH ...==>This is always followed by AND
As the correct idiom is BOTH X and Y...
X and Y are to be parallel.
in the question other options are missing AND and parallelism

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Of course, it has been accepted that the answer is E.
But to take this discussion to the next level, may I open up another discussion on the use of commas in this topic.

1. What is the role of the comma at the end of the choices? Is it required or is it a transcription error?

2. More importantly, there are two items only in the list namely,' independent' and 'possibly conflicting’ – Do we need to use a comma between these two adjectives?

3. Will an edited version as given in --- both the Federal Trade Commission and the Commerce Department are planning to release independent and possibly conflicting reports about online privacy. --- make a better choice?

Just for discussion
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is the answers to this listed anywhere?

daagh wrote:
Of course, it has been accepted that the answer is E.
But to take this discussion to the next level, may I open up another discussion on the use of commas in this topic.

1. What is the role of the comma at the end of the choices? Is it required or is it a transcription error?

2. More importantly, there are two items only in the list namely,' independent' and 'possibly conflicting’ – Do we need to use a comma between these two adjectives?

3. Will an edited version as given in --- both the Federal Trade Commission and the Commerce Department are planning to release independent and possibly conflicting reports about online privacy. --- make a better choice?

Just for discussion

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