The Justice Department will likely weigh the substance not only of the judge’s upcoming ruling, but also of the

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The Justice Department will likely weigh the substance not only of the judge’s upcoming ruling, but also of the precedent the ruling would set if it countermands a direct order from the executive branch.



1. the substance not only of the judge’s upcoming ruling, but also of the precedent the ruling would set if it countermands a direct order from the executive branch.
2. the substance not only of the judge’s upcoming ruling, but also the precedent the ruling will set if it countermands a direct order from the executive branch.
3. not only the substance of the judge’s upcoming ruling, but also of the precedent the ruling would set if it countermands a direct order from the executive branch.
4. not only the substance of the judge’s upcoming ruling, but of the precedent the ruling will set if it countermands a direct order from the executive branch.
5. not only the substance of the judge’s upcoming ruling, but also the precedent the ruling would set if it countermands a direct order from the executive branch.



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The sentence intends to explain that the justice department will weigh not only the substance of the judge's upcoming ruling but also the precedent the ruling would set if it countermands a direct order from the executive branch.

Option A - incorrect
This option sounds like they are weighing the ruling but what they are actually weighing is the substance in the ruling. Therefore, this is wrong!.

Option B - incorrect
This answer choice changes the intended meaning of the sentence. Hence, it is also wrong.

Option C - incorrect
It uses the wrong idiom 'not only... But also of' which changes the intended meaning of the sentence.

Option D - incorrect
It uses the wrong idiom 'not only... but of' to show parallelism which makes the sentence seem ambiguous.

Option E - correct
It is the correct option because it expressed the intended meaning correctly.