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1) The basic aim of the Chinese medicine and the western medicine is the same: to cure patients.

2) The basic aim of the Chinese medicine and the western medicine are the same: to cure patients.

3) The basic aims of the Chinese medicine and the western medicine are the same: to cure patients.

Which one do you like best? Please advise.Emotion: smile

Thanks a lot!
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MapleI get your point. [C]
"The basic aim of the Chinese medicine and the basic aim of the western medicine are the same: to cure patients."

Don't you think it is wordy to write 'basic aim' twice?
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Here are other ways of saying the same thing:
  • Curing patients is the basic aim of both Chinese and western medicine.
  • Chinese and western medicine both aim to cure patients.
  • The basic aim of both Chinese and western medicine is the same -- curing patients.
Yoong Liat4) "The basic aim of the Chinese medicine and the basic aim of the western medicine are the same: to cure patients."

Don't you think it is wordy to write 'basic aim' twice?

Surely it's wordy.

I'm curious what one you think is the best equivalent of (4)???
Thank you Phoenix, your sentences are better rewording!.
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