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# Most recovering heroin addicts seek to be free of drug

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Most recovering heroin addicts seek to be free of drug dependency and others' prejudicial treatment as well.

(A) of drug dependency and others' prejudicial treatment as well.
(B) both of drug dependency and also of prejudicial treatment.
(C) both of drug dependency and also from prejudicial treatment.
(D) both of drug dependency but also from prejudicial treatment.
(E) both of drug dependency and of prejudicial treatment as well.

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06 Sep 2009, 10:42
A - is wrong because it does not make sense

Both will go with and. And needs to followed by of to maintain parallelism. Also is redundant.

So. "E"
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06 Sep 2009, 10:47
ill go for C...
from prejudicial treatment is better than of prejudicial treatment....so only C.D remain...
both .... and .... is correct... so C remains
pl post OA
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E can not be correct as both and as well are used together...one is redundant..Only viable option is A...
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30 Sep 2009, 22:01
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OA is E
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17 Sep 2010, 02:40
+1 for E.

both of ....and of :- parallelism need to retain
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18 Sep 2010, 21:07
I pick C.

free of drug dependancy;
free from prejudicial treatment.

can anyone help explain... free from prejudicial treatment?
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18 Sep 2010, 22:48
I went for A ... Is both needed here?
Most recovering heroin addicts seek to be free of X and Y.
Most recovering heroin addicts seek to be free BOTH of X and Y.

Any expert pls help?
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Hi guys,

The OA seems to be E. Can any one explain why both and as well are not redundant!!
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19 Sep 2010, 08:48
While best option is E, I doubt whether we can use "Both...and...as well".
IMO the correct parallel marker is "Both x And y"

Can somebody please explain this point?
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19 Sep 2010, 22:43
sreehari1250 wrote:
Most recovering heroin addicts seek to be free of drug dependency and others' prejudicial treatment as well.

(A) of drug dependency and others' prejudicial treatment as well.
(B) both of drug dependency and also of prejudicial treatment.
(C) both of drug dependency and also from prejudicial treatment.
(D) both of drug dependency but also from prejudicial treatment.
(E) both of drug dependency and of prejudicial treatment as well.

I guess we have to make the best possible choice.

E looks the best possible choice since other versions of (b) both... and also (c)both ...and also (d) both...but also are not correct.
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20 Sep 2010, 05:34
Tough question takes some detailed knowledge of construction but agree with E
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Cheers to all for good explanation!! Just an afterthought!!

I narrowed it down to B & E

The idiomatic structure is : Both X and Y. For the sentence to be correct X has to be parallel to Y.

In C X = of drug dependency ; Y = also of prejudicial treatment. This extra also defeats the parallelism.

In E: X = of drug dependency ; Y = of prejudicial treatment. Parallel.

Hence correct option E.
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20 Sep 2010, 07:50
Still I'm not clear why not B over E.

I don;t think its because of //sm.
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20 Sep 2010, 14:04
rohitgoel15 wrote:
I went for A ... Is both needed here?
Most recovering heroin addicts seek to be free of X and Y.
Most recovering heroin addicts seek to be free BOTH of X and Y.

Any expert pls help?

Makes sense. Even I chose A.

I narrowed down to A & E. Choice E is just not making sense. "both" and "as well" are together ! I mean if you select E, the sentence would be -

Most recovering heroin addicts seek to be free both of drug dependency and of prejudicial treatment as well.

I am not able to get my head around two things - (a) both and as well together, and (2) seek to be [highlight]free both[/highlight] of ................ looks like a missing comma

Source of the OA ?

Thanks.
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22 Sep 2010, 16:27
is "and also" always a redundancy error?
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is "and also" always a redundancy error?

Yes. When you say "Both" , I expect two things - x and y .... But by putting "and also" , it becomes - both x and also y. Redundant.

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23 Sep 2010, 02:30
I went for B.

Though I could see that the parallelism was correct for E, 'as well' in the end made me not choose it.
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26 Sep 2010, 21:53
I chose a... not sure what is wrong with it? My first thought was " others' " might be improper usage of an apostrophe (correct me if I'm wrong) but this is plural possessive so we'd have an apostrophe after the "s".
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20 Sep 2011, 05:53
well, E is good in parallelism, but "as well" in it is awful and sounds wordy. I mean why do we need "as well", if we have yet "both...and" ?
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