Jordana
Help(please) Hi, everyone Should you say "The country is facing both a Zika and (a) flu crisis" or "The country is facing both Zika and dengue crises"? And "They are looking for a cure for both the Zika and dengue virusES" or "They are looking for a cure for both the Zika and (the) flu virus" Among THESE OPTIONS, which one is right?
Aug 19, 2018 1:28 PM
Answers · 4
As far as I can tell, neither of these diseases is the flu (influenza). The correct way to say this is, "The country is facing a crisis from both the Zika virus and Dengue fever." They are looking for a cure for both the Zika virus and Dengue fever."
August 19, 2018
The important thing is to use the same form for each phrase. In the first case, I think your 1st phrase is clearer as it highlights both illnesses, but the 2nd phrase is also acceptable. In your second paragraph, the 2nd example you give is better ("They are looking for a cure for both the Zika and the flu virus") for the reason above - keep the form parallel. It just sounds better. Keep up the good work. Not many Portuguese speakers have a good facility in English.
August 19, 2018
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