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# Admiral of the Fleet Louis Mountbatten, a decorated British

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05 Jul 2019, 07:53
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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 --> 'and only the first' is wierd. 'and the first and only' would have been correct.
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' is completely wrong, not making any grammatical sense. 'first and only' would have been perfect here.
D. he also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and the first Governor-General of Independent India --> Idiom error (not only X but also Y).
E. also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and only the first Governor-General of Independent India --> Idiom error (not only X but also Y). 'only the first' not making grammatical sense here. 'first and only' would have been perfect here.
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05 Jul 2019, 07:56
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imo option A,

not only but also idiom made d and e out, out of remaining 3

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 ( word order only gives wrong meaning, infact as a matter of fact one more governor general named Rajagopalachari served as governor general following Mountbatten, hahahah)
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 is literally ugly)

so option a is right answer
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05 Jul 2019, 07:57
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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 answer and correct parallel structure.
B. but also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and only the first Governor-General of Independent India
This also follows the correct parallel structure but the use of 'only the first' makes changes in the intended meaning, this may suggest that he was the one and only governor general but the meaning is not clearly conveyed in this intent because only the first means that he could have been second gov-gen also but he did not and for these reasons in my opinion this choice is wrong.
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 The use of one only here also distorts the meaning and does not convey intended meaning.
D. he also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and the first Governor-General of Independent India
parallel structure is not only... but also, for this reason alone the option can be cancelled
E. also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and only the first Governor-General of Independent India
The correct parallel structure is not only... but also and this option is also wrong for this reason.
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05 Jul 2019, 08:01
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Going through the options, D and E are out because not only....but also is an idiom which they dont follow.

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

Parallel construction i like. lets keep it

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 is parallel to what? I dont see anything. not only maybe? this is 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

awkward. first one only? it is 'one and only'

A for kudAs!
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05 Jul 2019, 08:04
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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 in all aspects of parallelism

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 redundant usage
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 - the first one only is redundant
D. he also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and the first Governor-General of Independent India - lacks parallelism
E. also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and only the first Governor-General of Independent India - lacks parallelism
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05 Jul 2019, 08:07
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A. but also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and the first Governor-General of Independent India (Looks flawless)
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 (Something missing here?)
E. also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and only the first Governor-General of Independent India (Something missing here?)
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05 Jul 2019, 08:07
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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
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Updated on: 06 Jul 2019, 03:38
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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
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Originally posted by JonShukhrat on 05 Jul 2019, 08:13.
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05 Jul 2019, 08:17
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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.
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05 Jul 2019, 08:35
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The correct idiom to be used here is not-only-->but also, so it boils down to options A,B and C . Option B is incorrect as it has parallelism error( "and" is not followed by "the").Option C is incorrect as it uses the first one only "instead of the first Governor-General" which makes more sense.
So, Option A is correct.
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05 Jul 2019, 08:36
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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
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05 Jul 2019, 08:46
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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
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05 Jul 2019, 08:51
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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
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05 Jul 2019, 09:02
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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

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05 Jul 2019, 09:07
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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
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05 Jul 2019, 09:18
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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

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05 Jul 2019, 09:41
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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
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05 Jul 2019, 10:21
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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
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05 Jul 2019, 10:22
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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.

D and E can be eliminated does not follow... not only... but also idiom
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

B and C can be eliminated for using the only unnecessarily
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
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05 Jul 2019, 10:24
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I chose A, for the following:

Eliminated D & E, because of the "not only...but also idiom"

B & C, by adding "only" changed the meaning of the sentence.
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