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    The bonding power that any adhesive has depends on both its cohesion ...........

    Hello,

    The following question was extracted from a serious of multiple choice test questions.

    First Look at the following question and then I will explain my problem with that.


    The bonding power that any adhesive has depends on both its cohesion ............

    1) and that it adheres the surface to which it is applied.

    2) and its adherence to the surface which it is applied to.

    3) and that it adheres to the surface which it is applied to.

    4) as well as its adherence to the surface to which it is applied.
    At first, I should mention that according to the answer sheet #2 is the correct choice. Unfortunately I chose #4.

    But you may ask why you did choose #4? (Because sometimes I have seen the teachers of the forum do). To answer this question I have to say that I really couldn't understand the meaning of the sentence of the question (I still don't). My firs question for you is that what the sentence of the question is trying to say?

    The second matter which I faced was regarding the choices. Irrespective of not getting the meaning of choices as well, I selected #4 because it seemed more formal than #2 You know, the examiners of these kinds of tests usually seek to put formal structures in the posed questions. If she was, for instance is wrong to their minds. I told my self that putting preposition at the end of the sentence is wrong (at least prescriptivists take it as a wrong or abnormal sentence), so the #2 can't be correct.

    I know my reasons may seem silly but I explained all the things happening in my mind during resolving this question. And I hope you diagnose my problem

    Regards,

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    Re: The bonding power that any adhesive has depends on both its cohesion ...........

    Both a and b works.
    Both a as well as b does not work.

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    Re: The bonding power that any adhesive has depends on both its cohesion ...........

    Can you give an example whether the teachers here have used "both X as well as Y". This is not formal; it's wrong.
    You can say "Select both red balls as well as the blue ball". (I wouldn't; I don't usually like 'as well as'). But you can see that 'both' doesn't cover the blue ball. If it did, you wouldn't need "as well as".

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    Re: The bonding power that any adhesive has depends on both its cohesion ...........

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Both a and b works.
    Both a as well as b does not work.
    Should you not have written "Both a and b work" ? I guess adding s to the end of verbs works when we use either.

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    Re: The bonding power that any adhesive has depends on both its cohesion ...........

    He means "both a and b" works. The phrase "both a and b" works.

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    #6

    Re: The bonding power that any adhesive has depends on both its cohesion ...........

    What it means is that a glue works only as well as it sticks to itself (cohesion) and to the surface (adhesion).

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