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By pressing a tiny amount of nitrogen between two diamonds

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Re: By pressing a tiny amount of nitrogen between two diamonds [#permalink] New post 27 Jan 2012, 02:52
I would have chosen "D" first, but i noticed that "creating" is not parallel to "transform", so that only "C" is correct. Even though it is "not only X" .. "but Y" without also. Thanks for the questions and explanation
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Re: By pressing a tiny amount of nitrogen between two diamonds [#permalink] New post 27 Jan 2012, 16:29
A good reminder on a fundamental grammar point. Thanks
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Re: By pressing a tiny amount of nitrogen between two diamonds [#permalink] New post 03 Aug 2013, 06:37
Got to say good question went for E but realized on close inspection C is right. This construction is something you don't see very often

Not only X but Y
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Re: By pressing a tiny amount of nitrogen between two diamonds [#permalink] New post 03 Aug 2013, 11:42
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Got to say good question went for E but realized on close inspection C is right. This construction is something you don't see very often

Not only X but Y


There is a way to check in not only X but also Y or not only X but Y construction whether selected choice is correct.

<Modifier>....., scientists not only were able to transform the gas into a solid, but they also created a semiconductor similar to
silicon.

So, scientists were able to do two things which should stand independently by themselves.

A. not only were able to transform the gas into a solid, but they also created
B. not only were able to transform the gas into a solid but also creating
C. were able not only to transform the gas into a solid but to create
D. were able not only to transform the gas into a solid but also creating
E. were not only able to transform the gas into a solid, but they were also able to create

Choice C:
Scientists were able not only to transform the gas into a solid.
Scientists were able but to create a semiconductor similar to silicon.

Both are independent sentences that can stand by their own.This method has helped me quickly eliminate choices in this type of construction.Like in this sentence, choices B & D can be eliminated easily. Hope it helps you too!
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Re: By pressing a tiny amount of nitrogen between two diamonds [#permalink] New post 29 Nov 2013, 20:12
an amazing question.... I chose E only to find out that it wasn't parallel. :yikes
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