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The survival of coral colonies, which are composed of innumerable tiny polyps living in a symbiotic relationship with brilliantly colored algae, are being threatened, experts say, not only by pollutants like agricultural runoff, oil sticks, and trash, but also by dropped anchors, probing drivers, and global warming.
A. are being threatened, experts say, not only by pollutants like
B. are being threatened, experts say, by not only pollutants such as
C. is not only being threatened, experts say, by pollutants such as
D. is not only being threatened, experts say, by pollutants like
E. is being threatened, experts say, not only by pollutants such as
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Re: The survival of coral colonies: Meaning matters!! [#permalink] New post 28 Jun 2012, 18:52
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The survival of coral colonies, which are composed of innumerable tiny polyps living in a symbiotic relationship with brilliantly colored algae, are being threatened, experts say, not only by pollutants like agricultural runoff, oil sticks, and trash, but also by dropped anchors, probing drivers, and global warming.
A. are being threatened, experts say, not only by pollutants like
B. are being threatened, experts say, by not only pollutants such as
C. is not only being threatened, experts say, by pollutants such as
D. is not only being threatened, experts say, by pollutants like
E. is being threatened, experts say, not only by pollutants such as


Here's my train of thought:

Identify the subject first. The subject is "survival." Since this is a singular noun, it is a singular verb. So we eliminate choices (A) and (B). The here is the "trash" is "of coral colonies, which are composed of innumerable tiny polyps living in a symbiotic relationship with brilliantly colored algae,"

To make understanding easier, I could do: The survival[s] of coral colonies, which are composed of innumerable tiny polyps living in a symbiotic relationship with brilliantly colored algae,[/s] are being threatened, experts say, not only by pollutants like agricultural runoff, oil sticks, and trash, but also by dropped anchors, probing drivers, and global warming.

See that? So we eliminate (A) and (B)

The next split is the use of "like" and "such as"

See, as per the GMAT, we use "such as" to present examples. So we eliminate (D)

The last split comes from idiom (not only x but also y) that requires parallel elements. We see that C's elements are not parallel even though we have the correct idiom. We eliminate (C)

We are left with (E).

One of the more important takeaways in this question is: Your last resort in sentence correction is to memorize idioms. This is very counter-productive since you should focus on the meaning first. And of course, remember that arguably, the GMAT's most favorite topic is parallelism.

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Re: The survival of coral colonies: Meaning matters!! [#permalink] New post 28 Jun 2012, 19:05
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I think you meant (E).


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Re: The survival of coral colonies: Meaning matters!! [#permalink] New post 30 Jun 2012, 02:24
Highlights :-

IS- survival
BEING- can't be used along with not only..but also
NOT ONLY..BUT ALSO- parellel
SUCH AS- examples are given

+1 for (E)
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