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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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New post 27 Jan 2012, 17:29
A good reminder on a fundamental grammar point. Thanks
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New post 03 Aug 2013, 07:37
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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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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New post 29 Nov 2013, 21:12
an amazing question.... I chose E only to find out that it wasn't parallel. :yikes
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Another Idiom added to the list
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Hi,

It is true that we generally use “not only” pairing it with “but also” to denote two aspects of the same thing. However, the use of “not only… but…” is not incorrect (but that we encounter in rare occasions).

We use “not only A but also Y” or “not only X but Y”, what we must pay attention to is that the entities following both the markers (X and Y) must be logically as well as grammatically parallel.

In this sentence, only choice C adheres to this rule of parallelism: were able not only to transform the gas into a solid but to create. The entities that follow both the markers are grammatically (to verb-forms) as well as logically parallel. Hence choice C is correct.

Hope this helps.
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Can you please explain why E is incorrect?
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In what way is parallelism missing in E?

The option says "the scientists were not only able to transform..., but also able to create..." which seems parallel to me (or am I missing something?)


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Hi,

It is true that we generally use “not only” pairing it with “but also” to denote two aspects of the same thing. However, the use of “not only… but…” is not incorrect (but that we encounter in rare occasions).

We use “not only A but also Y” or “not only X but Y”, what we must pay attention to is that the entities following both the markers (X and Y) must be logically as well as grammatically parallel.

In this sentence, only choice C adheres to this rule of parallelism: were able not only to transform the gas into a solid but to create. The entities that follow both the markers are grammatically (to verb-forms) as well as logically parallel. Hence choice C is correct.

Hope this helps.
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Can you please explain why E is incorrect?


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In what way is parallelism missing in E?

The option says "the scientists were not only able to transform..., but also able to create..." which seems parallel to me (or am I missing something?)


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"Scientists were" is OUTSIDE the parallelism structure and hence covers both NOT ONLY.... and BUT ALSO.....

Thus using "they were" within the second element (BUT ALSO) is wrong. If "they were" is to be used within the second element (BUT ALSO), then "scientists were" should also be brought WITHIN the first element (NOT ONLY). Then the sentence would be:

..not only scientists were able to transform the gas into a solid, but they were also able to
create....
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So, just because E has 'they' in between the not only... but also construction, it is incorrect? How should we look at it so we don't get confused ?? Thanks!!
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:roll: So, just because E has 'they' in between the not only... but also construction, it is incorrect? How should we look at it so we don't get confused ?? Thanks!!
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:roll: So, just because E has 'they' in between the not only... but also construction, it is incorrect? How should we look at it so we don't get confused ?? Thanks!!


OK, let me try to explain a bit more elaborately. Consider this way:

Parallelism marker: NOT ONLY (X), BUT ALSO (Y).
X and Y should be parrallel.

Correct: Scientists were NOT ONLY ( able to transform), BUT ALSO ( able to create).
able to transform and able to create are parallel.

Correct: NOT ONLY (Scientists were able to transform), BUT ALSO ( they were able to create).
Scientists were able to transform and they were able to create are parallel.

Wrong: Scientists were NOT ONLY ( able to transform), BUT ALSO ( they were able to create).
able to transform and they were able to create are NOT parallel.
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"Scientists were" is OUTSIDE the parallelism structure and hence covers both NOT ONLY.... and BUT ALSO.....

Thus using "they were" within the second element (BUT ALSO) is wrong. If "they were" is to be used within the second element (BUT ALSO), then "scientists were" should also be brought WITHIN the first element (NOT ONLY). Then the sentence would be:

..not only scientists were able to transform the gas into a solid, but they were also able to
create....


Great explanation, thanks a lot :)
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