I want to ask the following question:

Do both A and B refer to C?

Is this the right way to do so? I don't know why but it sounds a little unnatural to me.

Is there another way?

Thank you.

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    Is this a mathematical question? If not, I think some examples might make it easier to determine what you mean. If so, then yeah, that looks like a reasonable sentence about a mathematical kind of question. – A.Beth Feb 7 '15 at 21:41
  • No it's not a mathematical question. – user16278 Feb 7 '15 at 21:46
  • An example sentence would still help, so we can get a concrete sample of what you are talking about. – user6951 Feb 7 '15 at 21:47
  • Yes, I'm still unable to tell whether that's a reasonable construction without an example sentence or two. It looks promising, but... – A.Beth Feb 7 '15 at 21:59
  • @A.Beth Do both "mutually exclusive" and "exhaustive" refer to the medical data sets? – user16278 Feb 7 '15 at 22:29

It is clear and sounds natural to me.

Do A and B refer to C?

Has the same meaning, but the both would help make the logical relationships clear.

Some people, especially in speech, and especially in a casual register, would say

Do A and B both refer to C?

But most people would prefer your wording, especially in writing, and certainly in formal discourse.

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