Both Government of India and State Governments are working in tandem to make subsidies in electric vehicle segment available.

My doubt is that 'both' phrase is used to convey two things!

But, in the above sentence even though there are two things, one is Government of India and the other is State Governments, since State Governments is plural, I feel there are more than 'two' things. So, both is wrong here!

Is 'both' appropriate in this sentence?

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  • I think it is correct, the two subjects are 1) the central Government of India and 2) the local State Governments. – user5267 Oct 25 '16 at 7:48
  • You mean you can't use "Both you and your parents should come"? Do you have to bring only one of your parents when you see this sentence? – user24743 Oct 25 '16 at 8:16

It's a very common error that occurs because of a tendency to use both everytime there are two parties involved, whether the word both is required and appropriate in the context or not.

In this case, both clashes with in tandem -- how can they work in tandem without both being involved? See the definition of in tandem.

Compare: "They both got married" -- this may in fact mean that the two persons got married but not to each other.

On the other hand, governments being plural is not relevant here. The central government on the one hand and the state governments on the other are working in tandem, so it's fine in that sense.

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