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Which of these two sentences is (more) correct?

  1. I can translate your texts in both an accurate and commercial way.
  2. I can translate your texts in a both accurate and commercial way.
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    Avoid the whole question: I can translate your texts in a way that is both accurate and commercial. – Peter Shor Nov 24 '13 at 16:13
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    B is grammatically okay, but somewhat awkward. A is ungrammatical: ‘both’ requires two balanced concepts to govern, and you would have to repeat the indefinite article to balance these two. A would mean there are two different ways you can translate the texts, though: an accurate way, and a commercial way. If B is the meaning you want, a better solution would be, “I can translate your texts in a way that is both accurate and commercial”. [Edit: @Peter—hah, beat me to it. Great minds think alike!] – Janus Bahs Jacquet Nov 24 '13 at 16:14
  • @Janus: we both come to the same conclusion, but I would have said that B was also ungrammatical. – Peter Shor Nov 24 '13 at 16:17
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    No hard feelings, but one thing is for sure: if you used either sentence, I would take my translation business elsewhere. – RegDwigнt Nov 25 '13 at 9:43
  • P.S. @Peter and Janus. Since you picked up the wording without raising an eyebrow, let me ask you: what is "a commercial way"? That combination of words makes no sense to me. How do I go about translating something in a commercial way, and what do incommercial ways look like? – RegDwigнt Nov 25 '13 at 9:51
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A is more correct, but as another reader comments, you need to repeat the indefinite article to balance the phrases after "both." "I can translate your texts in both an accurate and a commercial way" is grammatically correct. The meaning of the sentence is ambiguous, though, because the meaning of translating "in a commercial way" isn't clear.

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