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The voluminous personal papers of Thomas Alva Edison reveal [#permalink] New post 15 May 2011, 10:24
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The voluminous personal papers of Thomas Alva Edison reveal that his inventions typically sprang to life not in a flash of inspiration but evolved slowly from previous works.

(A) sprang to life not in a flash of inspiration but evolved slowly
(B) sprang to life not in a flash of inspiration but were slowly evolved
(C) did not spring to life in a flash of inspiration but evolved slowly
(D) did not spring to life in a flash of inspiration but had slowly evolved
(E) did not spring to life in a flash of inspiration but they were slowly evolved

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Re: The voluminous personal papers of Thomas Alva Edison reveal [#permalink] New post 12 Mar 2012, 19:29
I picked C for this question:

The most important concept in this question is parallelism. The parallelism begins after the relative pronoun "that."

A. In this answer choice, parallelism is broken because we are comparing a prepositional phrase to a verb phrase.

The parallelism for this answer choice looks like this:

That his inventions typically spring to life not:
-in a flash of inspiration
BUT:
-evolved slowly from previous works

From the above split, you can see why these 2 are not parallel. The first part is a prepositional phrase and the second is a verb phrase.

B. Again, parallelism is broken here. "Were slowly evolved" makes no sense.

C. This is the correct answer.

The parallelism for this answer choice looks like this:

That his inventions typically:
-did not spring to life in a flash of inspiration
BUT:
-evolved slowly from previous works

From the above split, you can see why these 2 are parallel. The first part is a verb followed by a prepositional phrase and the same can be said for the second part.

D. The past perfect verb tense is incorrect.

E. We are comparing a verb+prepositional phrase to a clause. Therefore, parallelism is broken.
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Re: The voluminous personal papers of Thomas Alva Edison reveal [#permalink] New post 13 Mar 2012, 05:16
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The voluminous personal papers of Thomas Alva Edison reveal that his inventions typically sprang to life not in a flash of inspiration but evolved slowly from previous works.

(A) sprang to life not in a flash of inspiration but evolved slowly
(B) sprang to life not in a flash of inspiration but were slowly evolved
(C) did not spring to life in a flash of inspiration but evolved slowly
(D) did not spring to life in a flash of inspiration but had slowly evolved
(E) did not spring to life in a flash of inspiration but they were slowly evolved

Plz explain the answer.


C.. can you share the source and the OA?
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Re: The voluminous personal papers of Thomas Alva Edison reveal [#permalink] New post 13 Mar 2012, 05:49
pkmme wrote:
The voluminous personal papers of Thomas Alva Edison reveal that his inventions typically sprang to life not in a flash of inspiration but evolved slowly from previous works.

(A) sprang to life not in a flash of inspiration but evolved slowly
(B) sprang to life not in a flash of inspiration but were slowly evolved
(C) did not spring to life in a flash of inspiration but evolved slowly
(D) did not spring to life in a flash of inspiration but had slowly evolved
(E) did not spring to life in a flash of inspiration but they were slowly evolved

Plz explain the answer.


For me the answer is C. Got it in 87secs. Wats the correct answer and what is the source?
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Re: The voluminous personal papers of Thomas Alva Edison reveal [#permalink] New post 13 Mar 2012, 05:55
C imo
construction Not X but Y correctly used.
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