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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
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)

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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 - 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
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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- 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.
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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
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
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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 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".

Answer (A).
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The original sentence provides clear and concise meaning. We can easily see the pattern "not only... but also", which is used correctly.

Answer - A
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IMO Answer is 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.

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
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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

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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.

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
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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.

Correct answer will need to follow the following three rules:
-#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
Nope. Does not follow rule #2, The admiral not only had X, he also had Y.

E. also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and only the first Governor-General of Independent India
Nope. Does not follow rule # 2. The admiral not only had X, also had Y.

Correct Answer: A
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Easy. Not getting too much into the meaning of the sentence, we'll straight dive in here with POE and try to be done here within ~30 seconds (time is EVERYTHING on the GMAT).

Now, since the non-underlined portion contains not only..., for this to be idiomatically correct, it should be followed by a but/but also..., basis this we eliminate (D) and (E) straight.

Coming to (A), (B) and (C), among these - quickly reading through them tells you that (A) is without any error and both (B) and (C) are non-sensical because of only the first and the first one only respectively - both of which are completely non-sensical.

And with this, we've very easily eliminated 4 out of the 5 answer choices, leaving us with (A) as the correct answer choice.
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not only had a brilliant career but also had .....it calls for parallelism after but... hence i would keep A, B, C before D, E

the second most differentiating word in the answer choice is only... first only or only the first
serving as only the first governor - is shown as his limitation that he was only the first governor
serving as first only the governor - there can be only one person as first governor.. there cannot be multiple governor as first , so only is not required..

Choice B, C, and E don't sound right because of above reasons.

D. he also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and the first Governor-General of Independent India
there is no break in the prior sentence and this sentence, no logical marker or punctuation ... not only had brilliant career.....he also had. this issue is also in E.

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

A, is the best :)
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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 good, hold.

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” makes it look awkward.

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” makes it look awkward.

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-But Also 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
Not Only-But Also idiom error

Answer A
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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 - part in boldface changes the meaning of the sentence, so 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 - - part in boldface changes the meaning of the sentence, so incorrect
D. he also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and the first Governor-General of Independent India option A is better than this one
E. also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and only the first Governor-General of Independent India - not parallel with not only
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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. No errors. Not only... is correctly matched with but also...
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 usage of "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" is awkward.
D. he also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and the first Governor-General of Independent India. Incorrect. Not only and he also is 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. Incorrect. Same error as in B in the usage of only.
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Not only .... but also is the correct idiom. That leaves us with A, B and C. Only and first one in answer choices B and C respectively are unnecessary. Therefore A is the correct answer choice.
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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
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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

" and only the first " changes meaning conveyed in original sentence- Hence Eliminate 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

Again arrangement of the words " the first one only Governor General" changes meaning -Hence Eliminate C

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 he also- incorrect idiom so Eliminate D

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...also incorrect idiom usage. Correct idiom is Not only ..But Also, also sometimes used Not only..But is correct Hence Eliminate E

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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
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


Not Only X, but also Y is the right idiom. So, D & E are out.
Option B - only the first Governor-General of Independent India.
This is incorrect. First Governor will always be single person. Hence "Only" is wrong.

Option C first one only Governor-General of Independent India Sentence does not say that there was only ONLY one governor-general. Hence it is also wrong.
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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- 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----the last viceroy...not parallel to... only the first
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 redundant
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 ... but also
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 ... but also
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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
Correct idiomatic expression is 'not only...but also'. So we can cross out D and E as possible answers.

Out of A,B and C, options B and C are wordy and the usage words 'only' and 'one' is distorting meaning clarity of the sentence.
Therefore, option A is the answer.
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