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Hi all,

I've been studying Quant almost exclusively but decided to take a break today and do some Verbal. I found this sample question and I'm pretty sure either the question/answers are structured incorrectly or the wrong answer was provided. Take a look:

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Ricks has written extensively on not only major figures in English poetry like Milton and Housman, but also on the lyrics of Bob Dylan.

A. on not only major figures in English poetry like Milton, but also on
B. not only on the poetry of such major figures as Milton and Housman, but also on
C. not only on major figures in English poetry like Milton and Housman, but also on
D. on major figures in English poetry like Milton and Housman, as well as
E. on major figures in English poetry such as Milton and Housman, but also on

Let's see what you guys think is the correct answer. I'll give you the answer and explanation after a few posts and tell you what I think is the correct answer and why I think the logic is flawed.
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Ricks has written extensively on not only major figures in English poetry like Milton and Housman, but also on the lyrics of Bob Dylan.
A. on not only major figures in English poetry like Milton, but also on - LIKE can not be used to give examples. Correct Parallel marker is "Not only on X, but also on Y", but this option has form "on Not only X, but also on Y". Thus Incorrect

B. not only on the poetry of such major figures as Milton and Housman, but also on - Eliminates both errors present in option A. CORRECT

C. not only on major figures in English poetry like Milton and Housman, but also on - LIKE can not be used to give examples. Thus Incorrect

D. on major figures in English poetry like Milton and Housman, as well as - The correct comparison marker is "on X as well as on Y"/"X as well as Y", but this option uses "on X as well as Y". LIKE can not be used to give examples. Thus Incorrect

E. on major figures in English poetry such as Milton and Housman, but also on - Correct Parallel marker is "Not only on X, but also on Y", but this option has form "on X, but also on Y". Thus Incorrect

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07 Feb 2013, 03:02
amonsa wrote:
Hi all,

I've been studying Quant almost exclusively but decided to take a break today and do some Verbal. I found this sample question and I'm pretty sure either the question/answers are structured incorrectly or the wrong answer was provided. Take a look:

Quote:
Ricks has written extensively on not only major figures in English poetry like Milton and Housman, but also on the lyrics of Bob Dylan.

A. on not only major figures in English poetry like Milton, but also on
B. not only on the poetry of such major figures as Milton and Housman, but also on
C. not only on major figures in English poetry like Milton and Housman, but also on
D. on major figures in English poetry like Milton and Housman, as well as
E. on major figures in English poetry such as Milton and Housman, but also on

Let's see what you guys think is the correct answer. I'll give you the answer and explanation after a few posts and tell you what I think is the correct answer and why I think the logic is flawed.

Just to clarify whenever you see an idiom not only and but also... it is a hint for parallelism.
Now the parallel entities must be parallel both grammatically and logically. You read the sentence and meaning wise you will see that in all the options famous figures are being made parallel to lyrics, which is not right. The only option that compares/brings parallelism is option B poetry and lyrics hence the answer is B
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08 Feb 2013, 16:49
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amonsa wrote:
Hi all,

I've been studying Quant almost exclusively but decided to take a break today and do some Verbal. I found this sample question and I'm pretty sure either the question/answers are structured incorrectly or the wrong answer was provided. Take a look:

Quote:
Ricks has written extensively on not only major figures in English poetry like Milton and Housman, but also on the lyrics of Bob Dylan.

A. on not only major figures in English poetry like Milton, but also on
B. not only on the poetry of such major figures as Milton and Housman, but also on
C. not only on major figures in English poetry like Milton and Housman, but also on
D. on major figures in English poetry like Milton and Housman, as well as
E. on major figures in English poetry such as Milton and Housman, but also on

Let's see what you guys think is the correct answer. I'll give you the answer and explanation after a few posts and tell you what I think is the correct answer and why I think the logic is flawed.

So, you can't really write extensively ON a person. You can write extensively ON the POETRY of a person...but not on a major figure.

(B) is the only one where you are writing ON the poetry of a major figure, and ON the lyrics of Bob Dylan.
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