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Market research has shown that the newest model of E-Phone [#permalink] New post 22 Jul 2010, 10:39
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Market research has shown that the newest model of E-Phone gained widespread popularity not due to technical superiority but through seamless and intuitive design.
A. gained widespread popularity not due to technical superiority but through seamless
B. gained widespread popularity not only due to technical superiority but also through seamless
C. did not gain widespread popularity due to technical superiority but through seamless
D. did not gain widespread popularity in consideration of technical superiority but rather due to seamless
E. gaining widespread popularity not due to technical superiority but also through seamless
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Re: Market research has shown that the newest model of E-Phone [#permalink] New post 29 Dec 2015, 02:53
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sytabish, it's not necessary that both parts of the comparison use "due to." The parallel markers here are just "not . . . but." As long as the two items after the markers both work the same way, they don't have to be the same words. We could say either of these:

The new model gained popularity due to technical superiority.
The new model gained popularity through innovative design.

So we can compare the two:

The new model gained popularity not due to technical superiority but through innovative design.

I'm not sure why people pay so much attention to "due to" and attach so many rules to it. It's simply a phrase meaning "resulting from." We can certainly use it after a clause: The new phone gained popularity. This popularity resulted from (or, in this sentence, didn't result from) technical superiority. There's no flaw there.
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Re: Market research has shown that the newest model of E-Phone [#permalink] New post 15 Dec 2015, 18:23
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Split is among gained, did not gain and gaining.
first looking at first two items - Gained and did not gain.
Did not gain, changes the meaning as if it did not actually gain popularity. So C and D are out.
E correlative conjunction issue. Is should be not only - but also, so E is out.
Between A and B, B is changing the meaning as if it got the popularity because of both factors which is contradictory to original sentence.
So A is correct answer.

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Market research has shown that the newest model of E-Phone gained widespread popularity not due to technical superiority but through seamless and intuitive design.
A. gained widespread popularity not due to technical superiority but through seamless
B. gained widespread popularity not only due to technical superiority but also through seamless
C. did not gain widespread popularity due to technical superiority but through seamless
D. did not gain widespread popularity in consideration of technical superiority but rather due to seamless
E. gaining widespread popularity not due to technical superiority but also through seamless
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Re: SC question [#permalink] New post 22 Jul 2010, 11:25
this one was tricky, especially for me, since I've went through and memorized a bunch of the idioms already so upon first sight I knew what I was looking for.

the idiom "not X but rather Y" seem to fit here but once you look at D, the wording of it is just awkward so that couldn't be it.

B changed the statements around a little bit in comparison to the other so that's out.

So you're down to A, C, and E.

In E, "gaining" doesn't really work. I don't know the right term for it but it doesn't sound right because I guess "gaining" is something that is continuing in present and in the context of this sentence it doesn't work.

A and C now.

In C, "did not" is cumbersome as compared to A, which just used "not"

Although both A and C sounded pretty damn right to be, it starts getting pretty technical and knit-picking once you get down to the nitty gritty. I ended up choosing A just because of that little bit.
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Re: SC question [#permalink] New post 23 Jul 2010, 20:49
can someone explain why is B incorrect?
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Re: SC question [#permalink] New post 24 Jul 2010, 02:05
I went with C :( .. W.r.t to B, i think it alters the Intent of the original sentence .. The sentence mentions that the popularity was not because of XYZ, but because of ABC. in B it says, the popularity was not only because of XYZ but also because of ABC.

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Re: SC question [#permalink] New post 24 Jul 2010, 04:19
If you read the sentence at one go, it sounds correct as is...
IMO A... not due to... but through.. almost follow the //el form
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Re: SC question [#permalink] New post 29 Jul 2010, 07:39
A........perfect ...others were not fitting
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Re: SC question [#permalink] New post 29 Jul 2010, 07:42
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can someone explain why is B incorrect?

changes he intended meaning ..........

A. gained widespread popularity not due to technical superiority but through seamless
B. gained widespread popularity not only due to technical superiority but also through seamless.....it adds that popularity is also due to technical superiority ........
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Re: SC question [#permalink] New post 14 Aug 2010, 19:02
C is not parralel.

Parts between "not" and "but" should be parrallel.
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Re: SC question [#permalink] New post 14 Aug 2010, 20:07
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I went with C :( .. W.r.t to B, i think it alters the Intent of the original sentence .. The sentence mentions that the popularity was not because of XYZ, but because of ABC. in B it says, the popularity was not only because of XYZ but also because of ABC.

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Re: SC question [#permalink] New post 14 Aug 2010, 22:20
Good Q...+1 for A....Was down to A or C, went for A gladly!!
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Re: SC question [#permalink] New post 15 Aug 2010, 12:34
Is it a kind of idiom not due X to but through Y??
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Re: SC question [#permalink] New post 15 Aug 2010, 14:16
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C is not parralel.

Parts between "not" and "but" should be parrallel.


C. did not gain widespread popularity due to technical superiority but through seamless

Gain / Due aren't parallel? It seems that these are parallel to me.. someone please elaborate.
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Re: Market research has shown that the newest model of E-Phone [#permalink] New post 11 Dec 2015, 13:08
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Re: Market research has shown that the newest model of E-Phone [#permalink] New post 15 Dec 2015, 19:00
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Market research has shown that the newest model of E-Phone gained widespread popularity not due to technical superiority but through seamless and intuitive design.

A. gained widespread popularity not due to technical superiority but through seamless
I doubt this is a correct answer, since the structure of the idiom not X but Y is not respected. nevertheless, it is the only left option.
popularity not due to, but due to would have been more correct.

B. gained widespread popularity not only due to technical superiority but also through seamless
incorrect, changes the meaning. the original meaning gained popularity not due to X, but due to Y. this one - not only due to X, but also Y. there is no contrast.

C. did not gain widespread popularity due to technical superiority but through seamless
this one changes the meaning - it says that did not gain popularity. incorrect.

D. did not gain widespread popularity in consideration of technical superiority but rather due to seamless
same error as in C.

E. gaining widespread popularity not due to technical superiority but also through seamless
this one doesn't have a bonafide verb. this one makes the classic missing verb mistake.
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Re: Market research has shown that the newest model of E-Phone [#permalink] New post 16 Dec 2015, 09:01
Due to???
I thought it could only modify nouns or noun phrases
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Market research has shown that the newest model of E-Phone [#permalink] New post 25 Dec 2015, 21:37
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"Due to" - Part of Parallel Marker - Not X But Y ..X and Y needs to be parallel - logically (meaning wise) and grammatically. Option A maintains this aspect of parallelism.
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Re: Market research has shown that the newest model of E-Phone [#permalink] New post 26 Dec 2015, 07:12
Market research has shown that the newest model of E-Phone gained widespread popularity not due to technical superiority but through seamless and intuitive design.
A. gained widespread popularity not due to technical superiority but through seamless
B. gained widespread popularity not only due to technical superiority but also through seamless
C. did not gain widespread popularity due to technical superiority but through seamless
D. did not gain widespread popularity in consideration of technical superiority but rather due to seamless
E. gaining widespread popularity not due to technical superiority but also through seamless

This is a great question!. No errors in the sentence as is present here:
Meaning - E phone gained popularity not due to something but due to some other thing
The idiom used here is not X but Y (where X, Y should have identical grammatical functionality i.e. both should be verbs or nouns/noun phrases etc.) - In the question both X and Y are prepositional phrases. Parallelism is perfectly maintained and everything looks to be in place. As for other options:
B - Changes meaning, it is one of the two factors that made E Phone popular
C - Changes meaning again, says that the popularity was not gained because of one of these factors
D - Same as above, "in consideration of X but rather due to" is unidiomatic. Also rather and due sound unpleasant, as rather is mostly used along with actions and due to with nouns
E - Tense error changes meaning (gaining)

Interesting thing to note here, both the prepositions in parallel structure are prepositions that can act as adverbs also. Due to is equivalent to "Caused by" and through also has an adverbial meaning (The sentence looked weird to me in the first go).

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Re: Market research has shown that the newest model of E-Phone [#permalink] New post 26 Dec 2015, 23:58
Hi,

To maintain paralleslim in 'Not X but Y' the elements X and Y should be both similar, i.e. both should start with due to. Not due to.. but due to.. would be an appropriate form. I'm not sure why 'not due to.. but through..' are parallel.

Can experts please shed some light here?

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