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Doctors generally agree that such factors as cigarette [#permalink] New post 13 Jul 2007, 13:11
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248. Doctors generally agree that such factors as cigarette smoking, eating rich foods high in fats, and alcohol consumption not only do damage by themselves but also aggravate genetic predispositions toward certain diseases.
(A) not only do damage by themselves but also aggravate
(B) do damage by themselves but also are aggravating to
(C) are damaging by themselves but also are aggravating
(D) not only do damage by themselves, they are also aggravating to
(E) are doing damage by themselves, and they are also aggravating
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Jul 2007, 13:38
Again, this is idiom. The correct usage is not only...but also.
Only answer A has it.
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Re: SC1000 #248 Docotrs generally... [#permalink] New post 13 Jun 2011, 16:43
+1 A

However, it seem this is not a good question, IMO.
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Re: SC1000 #248 Docotrs generally... [#permalink] New post 13 Jun 2011, 17:58
A. Use of Not only---- But also...
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Re: Doctors generally agree that such factors as cigarette [#permalink] New post 04 Feb 2012, 22:30
i am a bit confused ..generally not only ..but also is used in a positive context only .
Example :He not only scored high marks but also gained an admit from a top university .
As mettalicafan said this is a not a good question .
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Re: Doctors generally agree that such factors as cigarette [#permalink] New post 18 Feb 2013, 15:10
be carefull my friends.

not only...but also is used to show the in-the-same- direction content between 2 clauses.

however, "but also" can be used ALONE to show contrast and means "but"

gmatprep presents a question in which "but also " is used ALONE to test whether we know the contrast.

in this question, the meaning is same-direction content between 2 clauses, so, the couple "not only...but also" is used

this is called meaning based analysis which assumes that the wrong answer choice is grammatical and needs to be proved wrong in meaning.

this means "but also" in b and c are grammatical but wrong in meaning.
if you think that "but also" in b and c are wrong because "not only" dose not go with them, you are wrong because "but also" can be used without "not only"

that is my thinking.
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Re: Doctors generally agree that such factors as cigarette [#permalink] New post 20 Feb 2013, 00:02
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248. Doctors generally agree that such factors as cigarette smoking, eating rich foods high in fats, and alcohol consumption not only do damage by themselves but also aggravate genetic predispositions toward certain diseases.
(A) not only do damage by themselves but also aggravate
(B) do damage by themselves but also are aggravating to
(C) are damaging by themselves but also are aggravating
(D) not only do damage by themselves, they are also aggravating to
(E) are doing damage by themselves, and they are also aggravating


use of idiom: Not only...but also. only A uses the idiom correctly.
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Re: Doctors generally agree that such factors as cigarette [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2013, 07:53
Correct idiom is not only...but also.
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Re: Doctors generally agree that such factors as cigarette [#permalink] New post 05 May 2014, 19:10
Can someone please explain if parallelism is at work here?

I used the parallelism for the contrasting points: Not only X but also Y.

(A) not only do damage by themselves but also aggravate
(B) do damage by themselves but also are aggravating to
(C) are damaging by themselves but also are aggravating
(D) not only do damage by themselves, they are also aggravating to
(E) are doing damage by themselves, and they are also aggravating

A and C would pass the parallelism test. Is this a correct split?
Re: Doctors generally agree that such factors as cigarette   [#permalink] 05 May 2014, 19:10
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