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The voluminous personal papers of Thomas Alva Edison reveal [#permalink] New post 18 Mar 2006, 08:47
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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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C) did not spring to life in a flash of inspiration but evolved slowly
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Parallelism + Idiom

The construction not....but shows a contrast. The words following not must be parallel in construction to the words following but. In the original sentence not is followed by a prepositional phrase (in a flash of inspiration); but is followed by a verb (evolved). To make the two contrasting elements parallel, not should be followed by a verb rather than a phrase.
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Mar 2006, 23:21
A) sprang to life not in a flash of inspiration but evolved slowly
B) 'were slowly evolved' is wrong
C) did not spring to life in a flash of inspiration but evolved slowly
D) 'had slowly' is not appropriate
E) 'they' incorrectly points to inspiration

Between A and C, I go with C. A is awkward.
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