D or E which is correct?

Neither the president nor the vice president were concerned about the pervasive negative comparison between their own corporation’s environmental policy and their main competitor’s.

A) Neither the president nor the vice president were concerned about the pervasive negative comparison between their own corporation’s environmental policy and their main competitor’s.
B) Neither the president nor the vice president were concerned about the pervasive negative comparison between their own corporation’s environmental policy and their main competitor’s policy.
C) Neither the president nor the vice president was concerned about the pervasive negative comparison between their own corporation and their main competitor’s environmental policy.
D) Neither the president nor the vice president was concerned with the pervasive negative comparison between their own corporation’s environmental policy and their main competitor’s.
E) Both the president and the vice president were unconcerned about the pervasive negative comparison between their own corporation’s environmental policy and their main competitor’s.

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Hi Shilpi,

The meaning we want to convey is that

President was not concerned

Vice President was also not concerned

D is the better construction to convey the intended meaning

In E, by saying both X and Y were not concerned, we might be conveying that they are not together in this. Maybe one of them is concerned

Hope this helps!

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