GMAT Question of the Day: Daily via email | Daily via Instagram New to GMAT Club? Watch this Video

 It is currently 25 May 2020, 06:51

### GMAT Club Daily Prep

#### Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

# Admiral of the Fleet Louis Mountbatten, a decorated British

Author Message
TAGS:

### Hide Tags

Manager
Joined: 29 Nov 2018
Posts: 152
GMAT 1: 750 Q49 V44

### Show Tags

05 Jul 2019, 08:07
1
Admiral of the Fleet Louis Mountbatten, a decorated British naval officer and statesman, not only had a brilliant career in the military as he served as the Supreme Allied Commander, South East Asia Command during the Second World War but also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and the first Governor-General of Independent India.

A. but also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and the first Governor-General of Independent India
B. but also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and only the first Governor-General of Independent India
C. but also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and the first one only Governor-General of Independent India
D. he also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and the first Governor-General of Independent India
E. also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and only the first Governor-General of Independent India

Idiom: Not only ---X--- but also ----Y----

D and E are out.

Among A, B and C, 'the first' is the correct usage over 'only the first' and 'the first one only'

Option A
Manager
Joined: 06 Jun 2019
Posts: 131

### Show Tags

Updated on: 06 Jul 2019, 03:38
1
Let’s sort this question out by analyzing splits.

1. Split: but also / he also / also

a. What if we say Admiral not only had a brilliant career... but also had the distinctive stint... the idiom under revision is not only X but also Y. For the sake of parallelism we need X to be parallel to Y. X (had) = Y (had). The verdict is that the idiom is used correctly with parallel X and Y.

b. What if we say Admiral not only had a brilliant career... he also had the distinctive stint... MGMAT SC guide says that we can say not only X but also Y / not just X but also Y / not only X but X. However, saying not only X also Y is wrong. Thus D is out.

c. What if we say Admiral not only had a brilliant career... also had the distinctive stint.... Once again, saying not only X also Y is wrong. Thus E is out.

2. Split: serving as the first / serving as only the first / serving as the first one only

a. What if we say Admiral served as the first Governor-General of Independent India. The meaning is clear and the first is parallel to the last. Fine.

b. What if we say Admiral served as only the first Governor-General of Independent India. This sentence implies that admiral could, if he wanted, serve both as the first and the second or whatever number Governor-General of Independent India. We can’t say that we were both the first and the second to cross the finish. We are either the first or the second. Thus saying that we crossed the line only the first is illogical. B and E are out.

c. What if we say Admiral served as the first one only Governor-General of Independent India. The meaning seems to be admiral was the first and the only governor, and there was no governor after him. In other words, he was both the first and the last governor. I am not sure whether this info is correct. Anyways, we don’t need one over there. C is out.

Hence A
_________________
Bruce Lee: “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.”
GMAC: “I fear not the aspirant who has practiced 10,000 questions, but I fear the aspirant who has learnt the most out of every single question.”

Originally posted by JonShukhrat on 05 Jul 2019, 08:13.
Last edited by JonShukhrat on 06 Jul 2019, 03:38, edited 2 times in total.
Intern
Joined: 18 Feb 2017
Posts: 14

### Show Tags

05 Jul 2019, 08:17
1
IMO A.

A. but also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and the first Governor-General of Independent India --> but also placed correctly. Correct.
B. but also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and only the first Governor-General of Independent India--> "and only the" is an incorrect expression. Incorrect.
C. but also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and the first one only Governor-General of Independent India --> "first one" is an incorrect expression. Incorrect.
D. he also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and the first Governor-General of Independent India --> "but also" is missing. Incorrect.
E. also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and only the first Governor-General of Independent India -->["and only the" is an incorrect expression. Incorrect.
Manager
Joined: 13 May 2017
Posts: 117
Location: Finland
Concentration: Accounting, Entrepreneurship
GMAT 1: 530 Q42 V22
GMAT 2: 570 Q36 V31
GMAT 3: 600 Q42 V28
GPA: 3.14
WE: Account Management (Entertainment and Sports)

### Show Tags

05 Jul 2019, 08:36
1
The correct idiom is 'not only...but also....'; the sentence structure coming after 'not only' should be parallel to the structure coming after 'but also'.

A. but also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and the first Governor-General of Independent India
B. but also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and only the first Governor-General of Independent India - only before the first Governor distorts the intended meaning.
C. but also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and the first one only Governor-General of Independent India - also distorts meaning, suggesting the no other person governed Independent India after him
D. he also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and the first Governor-General of Independent India - not idiomatic, not parallel
E. also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and only the first Governor-General of Independent India - not idiomatic

Eliminated each but A
Senior Manager
Joined: 13 Feb 2018
Posts: 432
GMAT 1: 640 Q48 V28

### Show Tags

05 Jul 2019, 08:46
1
We have got nice "not only ... but (also) ... " idiom here. We can surely drop D and E.

A. but also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and the first Governor-General of Independent India
As the last viceroy and the first Governor ...
Very nice parallel parts. I will bet on this

B. but also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and only the first Governor-General of Independent India
what that "only" is doing there?

C. but also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and the first one only Governor-General of Independent India
While I was thinking about misplaced "only", this option offered me another strange placement of "one". For these two reasons C is out

IMO
Ans: A
Manager
Joined: 08 Jan 2018
Posts: 129
Location: India
Concentration: Operations, General Management
WE: Project Management (Manufacturing)

### Show Tags

05 Jul 2019, 08:51
1
IMO- A

Admiral of the Fleet Louis Mountbatten, a decorated British naval officer and statesman, not only had a brilliant career in the military as he served as the Supreme Allied Commander, South East Asia Command during the Second World War but also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and the first Governor-General of Independent India.

Check- IDIOMS & Parallelism- [ Not only X ...But also Y ] & [As the last .....and ....the first....]

A. but also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and the first Governor-General of Independent India--- CORRECT--Parallel & Correct IDIOM
B. but also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and only the first Governor-General of Independent India----INCORRECT---Parallelism
C. but also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and the first one only Governor-General of Independent India----INCORRECT---"one only" not make sense
D. he also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and the first Governor-General of Independent India--- INCORRECT----IDIOM Error
E. also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and only the first Governor-General of Independent India----INCORRECT----IDIOM Error
Director
Joined: 20 Mar 2018
Posts: 509
Location: Ghana
Concentration: Finance, Real Estate
Schools: Terry '22

### Show Tags

05 Jul 2019, 09:02
1

We have an idiom : “....Not only.....but also....

(A) correctly gives us this idiom

(B) ....India and only the first Governor-general (changes the meaning and only is redundant)

(C) same as in option B

(D) Introducing the pronoun he is not necessary here and distort the intended meaning

(E) also had is not necessary here

Posted from my mobile device
_________________
Veritas valet et vincet
Manager
Joined: 18 Jan 2018
Posts: 233
Location: India
Concentration: General Management, Healthcare
Schools: Booth '22, ISB '21, IIMB
GPA: 3.87
WE: Design (Manufacturing)

### Show Tags

05 Jul 2019, 09:07
1
Admiral of the Fleet Louis Mountbatten, a decorated British naval officer and statesman, not only had a brilliant career in the military as he served as the Supreme Allied Commander, South East Asia Command during the Second World War but also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and the first Governor-General of Independent India.
Error Analysis :

Not only but also is the idiom used and its use makes sense here , gives apt meaning .

A. but also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and the first Governor-General of Independent India-Correct
B. but also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and only the first Governor-General of Independent India - Incorrect
Use of only is redundant as first itself says its only.
C. but also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and the first one only Governor-General of Independent India-Incorrect
First-One-Only -redudant
D. he also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and the first Governor-General of Independent India-Incorrect
Unnecessary use of he and need a but a conjunction
E. also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and only the first Governor-General of Independent India-Incorrect
Only - first - redundant
Intern
Joined: 06 Aug 2018
Posts: 19

### Show Tags

05 Jul 2019, 09:18
1
B. but also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and only the first Governor-General of Independent India

**Serving as only the first governor general is awkward plus redundant

C. but also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and the first one only Governor-General of Independent India

Same problem of awkwardness and redundancy .

D. he also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and the first Governor-General of Independent India

Parallelism broken

E. also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and only the first Governor-General of Independent India

Parallelism broken plus redundancy plus awkwardness

A is the best

Posted from my mobile device
Intern
Joined: 13 Aug 2017
Posts: 28
Location: India
Schools: ISB '21 (S)

### Show Tags

05 Jul 2019, 09:41
1
D and E can be eliminated because of [NOT ONLY X BUT ALSO Y] construction is right.

A. but also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and the first Governor-General of Independent India (good parallelism is maintained)
B. but also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and only the first Governor-General of Independent India (only the first erodes the intended meaning)
C. but also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and the first one only Governor-General of Independent India (first one only - one refers back to nothing - error in usage)

IMO, A
Intern
Joined: 22 Oct 2018
Posts: 27

### Show Tags

05 Jul 2019, 10:21
1
Admiral of the Fleet Louis Mountbatten, a decorated British naval officer and statesman, not only had a brilliant career in the military as he served as the Supreme Allied Commander, South East Asia Command during the Second World War but also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and the first Governor-General of Independent India.

Explanation:
Not only has to be followed by but also.HenceD,E are out.
B-

A. but also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and the first Governor-General of Independent India.Correct as is.
B. but also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and only the first Governor-General of Independent India-Nonsensical.What sense -and only the first Governer...makes...OUT
C. but also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and the first one only Governor-General of Independent India.Same as B ,doesnt make sense....and the first one only ....OUT
D. he also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and the first Governor-General of Independent India.OUT
E. also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and only the first Governor-General of Independent India.OUT
DS Forum Moderator
Joined: 19 Oct 2018
Posts: 1826
Location: India

### Show Tags

05 Jul 2019, 11:50
1
A. but also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and the first Governor-General of Independent India
B. but also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and only the first Governor-General of Independent India
C. but also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India andthe first one only Governor-General of Independent India
D. he also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and the first Governor-General of Independent India.........(Need but also)
E. also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India andonly the first Governor-General of Independent India......(Need but also)

IMO A
Intern
Joined: 20 Dec 2018
Posts: 2
Location: India
WE: Information Technology (Computer Software)

### Show Tags

05 Jul 2019, 11:55
1
A. but also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and the ﬁrst Governor-General of Independent India - correct

B. but also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and only the first Governor-General of Independent India - X and Y parallelism

C. but also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and the first one only Governor-General of Independent India - X and Y parallelism

D. he also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and the first Governor-General of Independent India - but also is missing and second subject is not needed

E. also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and only the ﬁrst Governor-General of Independent India - redundant
Intern
Joined: 17 Aug 2016
Posts: 6

### Show Tags

05 Jul 2019, 12:25
1
Admiral of the Fleet Louis Mountbatten, a decorated British naval officer and statesman, not only had a brilliant career in the military as he served as the Supreme Allied Commander, South East Asia Command during the Second World War but also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and the first Governor-General of Independent India.

A. but also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and the first Governor-General of Independent India- correct
B. but also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and only the first Governor-General of Independent India- change in meaning with ‘only’
C. but also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and the first one only Governor-General of Independent India- same problem as B
D. he also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and the first Governor-General of Independent India- Wrong connector
E. also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and only the first Governor-General of Independent India- Same problem as B

IMO (a) is the correct option.
Manager
Joined: 28 May 2019
Posts: 74

### Show Tags

05 Jul 2019, 12:27
1
Admiral of the Fleet Louis Mountbatten, a decorated British naval officer and statesman, not only had a brilliant career in the military as he served as the Supreme Allied Commander, South East Asia Command during the Second World War but also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and the first Governor-General of Independent India.

A. but also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and the first Governor-General of Independent India
Conveys correct meaning. Correct.

B. but also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and only the first Governor-General of Independent India
only the first is ambiguous. Incorrect.

C. but also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and the first one only Governor-General of Independent India
This doesnt gives proper meaning. It says the first one only someone. Incorrect.

D. he also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and the first Governor-General of Independent India
Not only must be followed by but also. Incorrect.

E. also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and only the first Governor-General of Independent India
Not only must be followed by but also. Incorrect.

Correct ans: A
_________________
Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start again.

Success is the sum of all small efforts.

MAKE IT HAPPEN
SVP
Joined: 24 Nov 2016
Posts: 1549
Location: United States

### Show Tags

05 Jul 2019, 12:42
1
Quote:
Admiral of the Fleet Louis Mountbatten, a decorated British naval officer and statesman, not only had a brilliant career in the military as he served as the Supreme Allied Commander, South East Asia Command during the Second World War but also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and the first Governor-General of Independent India.

A. but also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and the first Governor-General of Independent India
B. but also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and only the first Governor-General of Independent India
C. but also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and the first one only Governor-General of Independent India
D. he also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and the first Governor-General of Independent India
E. also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and only the first Governor-General of Independent India

Idiom is "not only X, but also Y", these must be parallel; thus (D) and (E) are out.
Now, in (B) "the last Viceroy… and only the first…" and in (C) "the last Viceroy… and the first one only…", both have a parallelism and meaning issue, because the intent is to say that the Admiral served as "the last Viceroy… and the last Governor…" not the "first one only" or "only the first".

Senior Manager
Joined: 27 Aug 2014
Posts: 293
Location: Netherlands
Concentration: Finance, Strategy
Schools: LBS '22, ISB '21
GPA: 3.9
WE: Analyst (Energy and Utilities)

### Show Tags

05 Jul 2019, 13:51
1

Admiral of the Fleet Louis Mountbatten, a decorated British naval officer and statesman, not only had a brilliant career in the military as he served as the Supreme Allied Commander, South East Asia Command during the Second World War but also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and the first Governor-General of Independent India.

A. but also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and the first Governor-General of Independent India
B. but also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and only the first Governor-General of Independent India
C. but also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and the first one only Governor-General of Independent India
D. he also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and the first Governor-General of Independent India
E. also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and only the first Governor-General of Independent India
Director
Status: Manager
Joined: 27 Oct 2018
Posts: 803
Location: Egypt
GPA: 3.67
WE: Pharmaceuticals (Health Care)

### Show Tags

05 Jul 2019, 14:09
1
It is a question of parallelism keywords:

first split: (not only .. but also)
"but also" is missing --> D & E out
in D & E, there is no conjunction (run on sentence)

second split: (the last Viceroy of India and ... )
...the first Governor-General of Independent India : best parallelism with the previous phrase (the+adjective+noun+of+adjective+noun)
...only the first Governor-General of Independent India: "only" is redundant & is modifying "first" adding no meaning --> B & D out
...the first one only Governor-General of Independent India: "one" is redundant ( "first" is enough) - "only" modifies Governor-General, misinterprets that he was the only Governor-General to rule India. --> C out

A
VP
Joined: 14 Feb 2017
Posts: 1369
Location: Australia
Concentration: Technology, Strategy
GMAT 1: 560 Q41 V26
GMAT 2: 550 Q43 V23
GMAT 3: 650 Q47 V33
GMAT 4: 650 Q44 V36
GMAT 5: 650 Q48 V31
GMAT 6: 600 Q38 V35
GMAT 7: 710 Q47 V41
GPA: 3
WE: Management Consulting (Consulting)

### Show Tags

05 Jul 2019, 14:46
1
Admiral of the Fleet Louis Mountbatten, a decorated British naval officer and statesman, not only had a brilliant career in the military as he served as the Supreme Allied Commander, South East Asia Command during the Second World War but also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and the first Governor-General of Independent India.

Split 1 - Not Only, but also Idiom. But more importantly, E doesn't make sense when substituted in and (D) would require a comma and coordinating conjunction before the second independent clause "he.."
D. he also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and the first Governor-General of Independent India
E. also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and only the first Governor-General of Independent India

Split 2 - B and C don't make sense, they change the meaning completely. We want to communicate that FLM served two roles. "Only the first" would mean to imply he only served AS the first GG, but this isn't communicated at all and again it changes the meaning. "The first only one Governor general" is redundant. It should be "Only" or "one", but again the meaning is hogwash.

B. but also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and only the first Governor-General of Independent India
C. but also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and the first one only Governor-General of Independent India

A. but also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and the first Governor-General of Independent India
_________________
Here's how I went from 430 to 710, and how you can do it yourself:
Intern
Joined: 14 Mar 2017
Posts: 24
Location: United States (VA)
GPA: 2.9
WE: Science (Pharmaceuticals and Biotech)

### Show Tags

05 Jul 2019, 15:07
1
Admiral of the Fleet Louis Mountbatten, a decorated British naval officer and statesman, not only had a brilliant career in the military as he served as the Supreme Allied Commander, South East Asia Command during the Second World War but also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and the first Governor-General of Independent India.

-#1. Once Outside, Twice inside.
-#2. Not only X, but also Y.
-#3. Correct parallel and tense after Y, between A and B within the portion of the sentence stating "serving as A and B"

A. but also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and the first Governor-General of Independent India
Yes! Follows all rules. The admiral not only had X, but also had Y serving as A and B.

B. but also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and only the first Governor-General of Independent India
Nope. Follows rules #1 and #2, but drops the ball on rule #3. The admiral not only had X, but also had Y serving as A and only B.

C. but also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and the first one only Governor-General of Independent India
Nope. Follows rules #1 and #2, but once again drops the ball on rule #3. The admiral not only had X, but also had Y serving as the A and the only B.

D. he also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and the first Governor-General of Independent India

E. also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and only the first Governor-General of Independent India

_________________
"What is my purpose?"
"You pass butter."
"Oh my god..."
"Yeah, welcome to the club, pal."
Re: Admiral of the Fleet Louis Mountbatten, a decorated British   [#permalink] 05 Jul 2019, 15:07

Go to page   Previous    1   2   3    Next  [ 59 posts ]