I am writing to inquire the correctness of the following sentence:

both work rely on this technique 


both work relies on this technique.

While the first one seems more grammarly correct, I do see some usages of the second case. Could any shed some lights on this? Thanks.

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It appears to be a simple mistake. Both takes a plural NP, and rely is a plural verb.

I assume it is meant to be Both works rely on this technique.

(At first I couldn't make any sense of it at all, because "work" is usually uncountable. But once I realised that this must be art (or literature, or music) criticism, it makes sense).


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