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Not only did the systematic clearing of forests in the United States create farmland (especially in the Northeast) and gave consumers relatively inexpensive houses and furniture, but it also caused erosion and very quickly deforested whole regions.

A. Not only did the systematic clearing of forests in the United States create farmland (especially in the Northeast) and gave consumers relatively inexpensive houses and furniture, but it also

B. Not only did the systematic clearing of forests in the United States create farmland (especially in the Northeast), which gave consumers relatively inexpensive houses and furniture, but also

C. The systematic clearing of forests in the United States, creating farmland (especially in the Northeast) and giving consumers relatively inexpensive houses and furniture, but also

D. The systematic clearing of forests in the United States created farmland (especially in the Northeast) and gave consumers relatively inexpensive houses and furniture, but it also

E. The systematic clearing of forests in the United States not only created farmland (especially in the Northeast), giving consumers relatively inexpensive houses and furniture, but it
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The ans looks like D.What is the OA?

not only A....but also B should be used when both A and B are presented in a positive manner or negative manner.
Since it is a mix of both in this case you have to show contrast using 'but'
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20 Jul 2009, 03:56
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The ans looks like D.What is the OA?

not only A....but also B should be used when both A and B are presented in a positive manner or negative manner.
Since it is a mix of both in this case you have to show contrast using 'but'

Same view...D is the best looking at the context.
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It should be between D and E

A. Not only did the systematic clearing of forests in the United States create farmland (especially in the Northeast) and gave consumers relatively inexpensive houses and furniture, but it also -Incorrect, gave should be give

B. Not only did the systematic clearing of forests in the United States create farmland (especially in the Northeast), which gave consumers relatively inexpensive houses and furniture, but also - I would prefer a present participle form "giving" instead of "which gave"

C. The systematic clearing of forests in the United States, creating farmland (especially in the Northeast) and giving consumers relatively inexpensive houses and furniture, but also -Introducing sentence fragmentation.

D. The systematic clearing of forests in the United States created farmland (especially in the Northeast) and gave consumers relatively inexpensive houses and furniture, but it also

E. The systematic clearing of forests in the United States not only created farmland (especially in the Northeast), giving consumers relatively inexpensive houses and furniture, but it

Out of D, E
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20 Jul 2009, 05:15
In D - Does "IT" have clear antecedent?
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20 Jul 2009, 05:21
I came down to B and D but don't know how to decide between these two..

B -- grammatically correct (not only "Past verb" ...but also "Past verb")..
D -- I couldn't find any mistakes as well.

should I give higher priority to the option that uses idiom?
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It is D

Logically the 2 parts are showing a contrast, on one hand, clearing of forests was beneficial, but it was harmful on the other. D brings out this contrast well with a single "but"

Not only X but also Y is used to present 2 similar effects, for eg: not only did X create farmland, but it also gave inexpensive furniture.

E too has the not only..But.. construction. so its wrong
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20 Jul 2009, 05:53
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It is D

Not only X but also Y is used to present 2 similar effects, for eg: not only did X create farmland, but it also gave inexpensive furniture.

nice. thanks for the explanation. I am going to make a note of it.

+1 for ya.
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20 Jul 2009, 05:57
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nice. thanks for the explanation. I am going to make a note of it.

+1 for ya.

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20 Jul 2009, 06:52
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The ans looks like D.What is the OA?

not only A....but also B should be used when both A and B are presented in a positive manner or negative manner.
Since it is a mix of both in this case you have to show contrast using 'but'

The OA is D.

Thanks for the explanation. I was wondering why B could be incorrect, your explanation makes it clear now.

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20 Jul 2009, 08:46
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It should be between D and E

A. Not only did the systematic clearing of forests in the United States create farmland (especially in the Northeast) and gave consumers relatively inexpensive houses and furniture, but it also -Incorrect, gave should be give

In A, I think did create and gave are parallel. Opinions? but yes it is still not an answer
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28 Jul 2010, 04:22
According to my understanding, the following construcions are...

NOT ONLY X BUT ALSO Y: CORRECT
NOT ONLY X BUT IT/THEY ALSO Y: INCORRECT
NOT ONLY X BUT Y: CORRECT
X, BUT Y: CORRECT
X, BUT ALSO Y: CORRECT
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23 Jul 2011, 03:02
This is good example to understand the concept behind 'Not Only, but Also'

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Not only did the systematic clearing of forests in the United States create farmland (especially in the Northeast) and gave consumers relatively inexpensive houses and furniture, but it also[/u] caused erosion and very quickly deforested whole regions.

A. Not only did the systematic clearing of forests in the United States create farmland (especially in the Northeast) and gave consumers relatively inexpensive houses and furniture, but it also NOT PARALLEL, CREATE - GAVE

B. Not only did the systematic clearing of forests in the United States create farmland (especially in the Northeast), which gave consumers relatively inexpensive houses and furniture, but also , MODIFIER ERROR , WHICH

C. The systematic clearing of forests in the United States, creating farmland (especially in the Northeast) and giving consumers relatively inexpensive houses and furniture, but also MODIFIER ERROR, CREATING-GIVING

D. The systematic clearing of forests in the United States created farmland (especially in the Northeast) and gave consumers relatively inexpensive houses and furniture, but it also CORRECT

E. The systematic clearing of forests in the United States not only created farmland (especially in the Northeast), giving consumers relatively inexpensive houses and furniture, but it IDIOMATIC ERROR-NOT ONLY BUT , MODIFIER ERROR - GIVING
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