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# According to some critics, watching television not only undermines one

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According to some critics, watching television not only undermines one's ability to think critically but also impairs one's overall ability to perceive.

A. not only undermines one's ability to think critically but also impairs one's

B. not only undermines one's ability of critical thinking but also impairs the

C. undermines not only one's ability to think critically but also impairs one's

D. undermines not only one's ability of critical thinking but also impairs the

E. undermines one's ability not only to think critically but also impairs one's

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Bunuel wrote:
According to some critics, watching television not only undermines one's ability to think critically but also impairs one's overall ability to perceive.

A. not only undermines one's ability to think critically but also impairs one's

B. not only undermines one's ability of critical thinking but also impairs the

C. undermines not only one's ability to think critically but also impairs one's

D. undermines not only one's ability of critical thinking but also impairs the

E. undermines one's ability not only to think critically but also impairs one's

ans: A {IMO}
clear Parallelism case. Not Only X but also Y.. Where X and Y has to be parallel logically and make sense.
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Bunuel wrote:
According to some critics, watching television not only undermines one's ability to think critically but also impairs one's overall ability to perceive.

A. not only undermines one's ability to think critically but also impairs one's ---> Nothing wrong, i'll keep this

B. not only undermines one's ability of critical thinking but also impairs the --> Not parallel with non-underline portion one's overall ability to perceive

C. undermines not only one's ability to think critically but also impairs one's --> Not parallel

D. undermines not only one's ability of critical thinking but also impairs the --> Not parallel

E. undermines one's ability not only to think critically but also impairs one's --> Not parallel

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So from considering parallelism, my answer is "A"
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According to some critics, watching television not only undermines one's ability to think critically but also impairs one's overall ability to perceive.

A. not only undermines one's ability to think critically but also impairs one's

B. not only undermines one's ability of critical thinking but also impairs the --> correct

C. undermines not only one's ability to think critically but also impairs one's

D. undermines not only one's ability of critical thinking but also impairs the

E. undermines one's ability not only to think critically but also impairs one's
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According to some critics, watching television not only undermines one's ability to think critically but also impairs one's overall ability to perceive.

A. not only undermines one's ability to think critically but also impairs one's

B. not only undermines one's ability of critical thinking but also impairs the

C. undermines not only one's ability to think critically but also impairs one's

D. undermines not only one's ability of critical thinking but also impairs the

E. undermines one's ability not only to think critically but also impairs one's

Answer A. Only A has correct Parallelism.

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21 Jun 2018, 17:52
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Bunuel wrote:
According to some critics, watching television not only undermines one's ability to think critically but also impairs one's overall ability to perceive.

A. not only undermines one's ability to think critically but also impairs one's

B. not only undermines one's ability of critical thinking but also impairs the

C. undermines not only one's ability to think critically but also impairs one's

D. undermines not only one's ability of critical thinking but also impairs the

E. undermines one's ability not only to think critically but also impairs one's

ans: A {IMO}
clear Parallelism case. Not Only X but also Y.. Where X and Y has to be parallel logically and make sense.

you need to consider ability to vs ability of ---- A is the correct choice.
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According to some critics, watching television not only undermines one's ability to think critically but also impairs one's overall ability to perceive.

A. not only undermines one's ability to think critically but also impairs one's

B. not only undermines one's ability of critical thinking but also impairs the

C. undermines not only one's ability to think critically but also impairs one's

D. undermines not only one's ability of critical thinking but also impairs the

E. undermines one's ability not only to think critically but also impairs one's

It uses idiom - not only X but also Y.

And X & Y should be parallel.

X - undermines one's ability to think critically
Y - impairs one's (overall ability to perceive) non under-lined part.

We could see that X & Y uses same verb tenses. Simple Present. Hence Original sentence is correct.

Other choices introduces Parallelism error. Hence Incorrect.

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23 Jun 2018, 19:52
Hello Everyone!

Here is a great example of a question that deals with parallelism!

Whenever we see the idiomatic structure “not only X, but also Y,” the first question to ask ourselves is “what do X and Y stand for?” For the idiom to be correct, both X and Y need to be parallel in structure. Let’s see how each answer holds up by finding the X and Y:

A. not only undermines one's ability to think critically but also impairs one's overall ability to perceive

This is PARALLEL because both the X and Y parts of the idiom are structured exactly the same, so this is the CORRECT answer!

B. not only undermines one's ability of critical thinking but also impairs the overall ability to perceive

This is NOT PARALLEL because it doesn’t repeat the concept of “one’s” ability to do things. X is referring to a vague singular person, but Y is referring to everyone in general. Therefore, this is INCORRECT.

C. undermines not only one's ability to think critically but also impairs one's overall ability to perceive

This is NOT PARALLEL because the verb “undermines” is in the wrong place – it should be after “not only.” Therefore, this is INCORRECT.

D. undermines not only one's ability of critical thinking but also impairs the overall ability to perceive

This is NOT PARALLEL because the verb “undermines” is in the wrong place, and the phrases “of critical thinking” and “to perceive” aren’t parallel. Therefore, this is INCORRECT.

E. undermines one's ability not only to think critically but also impairs one's overall ability to perceive

This is NOT PARALLEL because the phrase “undermine one’s ability” needs to come after “not only” for this to be parallel. Therefore, this is INCORRECT.

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09 Jul 2018, 05:39
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According to some critics, watching television not only undermines one's ability to think critically but also impairs one's overall ability to perceive.

A. not only undermines one's ability to think critically but also impairs one's

B. not only undermines one's ability of critical thinking but also impairs the

C. undermines not only one's ability to think critically but also impairs one's

D. undermines not only one's ability of critical thinking but also impairs the

E. undermines one's ability not only to think critically but also impairs one's

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OA: A

Parallelism, idiom usage: not only X but also Y, ability to are checked in this question

A. not only undermines one's ability to think critically but also impairs one's:Correct, correct usage of not only X but also Y, X and Y are parallel, and correct idiom ability to

B. not only undermines one's ability of critical thinking but also impairs the : Incorrect, ability of is wrong

C. undermines not only one's ability to think critically but also impairs one's : Incorrect, X and Y are not parallel in idiom usage not only X but also Y

D. undermines not only one's ability of critical thinking but also impairs the:Incorrect,ability of is wrong,X and Y are not parallel in idiom usage not only X but also Y.

E. undermines one's ability not only to think critically but also impairs one's : Incorrect,X and Y are not parallel in idiom usage not only X but also Y
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According to some critics, watching television not only undermines one's ability to think critically but also impairs one's overall ability to perceive.

A. not only undermines one's ability to think critically but also impairs one's

B. not only undermines one's ability of critical thinking but also impairs the

C. undermines not only one's ability to think critically but also impairs one's

D. undermines not only one's ability of critical thinking but also impairs the

E. undermines one's ability not only to think critically but also impairs one's

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1. Not only..........but also is correct usage
2. Ability is also a correct usage..

Nothing wrong with the original sentence, correct answer must be (A)
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09 Aug 2018, 19:16

However, option B shows how GMAT tries to construct a wrong answer.

Ability to vs ability to is well discussed, but the use of "the overall ability to" is an error borrowed from colloquial usage. use of "the" instead of "one's" is ambiguous as it doesn't reflect whose overall ability.
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Can you explan subtle difference between ability to vs ability of
Why can't a definite article - the - not refer back to one's in (B)?

According to some critics,
watching television not only
undermines one's ability to think critically
but also impairs one's
overall ability to perceive.

Could I have taken cue from highlighted text in non-underlined portion to get to OA?
Not only verb- 1 (undermines) vs but also verb-2 (impairs) seems correct to me.
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1. ability to - in general used for an action. Such as in this case ability to perceive.
More example on same lines -- ability to walk ; ability to talk etc.

2. ability of - First, it is not completely wrong, just usage is different - we can say when it is ability of <someone>. this is a case where we use ability of
Ex - Assessing the driving ability of Linda is important.

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12 Nov 2018, 08:05
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According to some critics, watching television not only undermines one's ability to think critically but also impairs one's overall ability to perceive.

A. not only undermines one's ability to think critically but also impairs one's

B. not only undermines one's ability of critical thinking but also impairs the

C. undermines not only one's ability to think critically but also impairs one's

D. undermines not only one's ability of critical thinking but also impairs the

E. undermines one's ability not only to think critically but also impairs one's

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not only but also parallelism error -A is correct in B, there is error in line impairs the
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15 Dec 2018, 21:06
Bunuel wrote:
According to some critics, watching television not only undermines one's ability to think critically but also impairs one's overall ability to perceive.

A. not only undermines one's ability to think critically but also impairs one's

B. not only undermines one's ability of critical thinking but also impairs the

C. undermines not only one's ability to think critically but also impairs one's

D. undermines not only one's ability of critical thinking but also impairs the

E. undermines one's ability not only to think critically but also impairs one's

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Here is my explanation :

In B, In Not only structure, we have ability of + Noun, and but also structure has ability to + verb, Not parallel.

Is my reasoning correct for eliminating B, and also ones and the are also not parallel.
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