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# Admiral of the Fleet Louis Mountbatten, a decorated British

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Updated on: 06 Jul 2019, 07:04
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Choices (A),(B), and (C) all satisfy the idiom not only had... but also had... . However (B) and (C) use ambiguous term in the underlined portion. Eliminate (B) and (C).

The underlined clause in option (E) clearly lacks proper connection words (i.e. and, but) at the beginning of underlined clause. Adding "and" at the beginning of the underlined clause will fix the error. Eliminate (E).

Option (D) violates the parallelism: "Admiral of the Fleet Louis Mountbatten not only had..., he also had...". Omitting the subject "he" fixes the error.

Originally posted by chondro48 on 05 Jul 2019, 23:06.
Last edited by chondro48 on 06 Jul 2019, 07:04, edited 4 times in total.
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05 Jul 2019, 23:15
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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

Here as not only is used in the non-underlined part, but also should follow in the rest of the sentence.
Option D and E are out.
Option B is out for faulty //ism.
in option A and C, option A looks better and has perfect //ism.
Hence option A
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05 Jul 2019, 23:17
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To maintain "not only...but also" D and E can simply be crossed out. Then b and c have problems of redundancy (only).

Thus the answer should be A.

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06 Jul 2019, 00:22
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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
correctly used not only.....but also..........and correct parallelism (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
this conveys illogical meaning saying that Mountbatten was only the first governor and nothing else

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 construction and only modifying governer general creates the illogical meaning

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 is the correct idiom

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 is the correct idiom
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06 Jul 2019, 01:50
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Mistakes are bolded like this "mistake"

A. but also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and the first Governor-General of Independent India
RIGHT
B. but also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and "only the first Governor-General" of Independent India
WRONG. Change 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
WRONG. Change meaning
D. "he also had" the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and the first Governor-General of Independent India
WRONG. ruin construction "not only...but"
E. "also had" the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and only the first Governor-General of Independent India
WRONG. ruin construction "not only...but"
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06 Jul 2019, 01:53
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Idiom tested: Not only X but Also Y. So eliminate D and E.

A. No problem
B. Changes the meaning from FIRST governor to ONLY the first governor. Eliminate.
C. "first one only" is wordy and changes the meaning
D. Eliminate because of idiom issue
E. Eliminate because of idiom issue.

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06 Jul 2019, 02:28
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Concepts used- Parallelism ;no redundancy ; Idioms(not only- 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
//First in one 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
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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06 Jul 2019, 02:28
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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- Let's keep this. This sentence has a proper parallel structure, the idiom not only, but also makes perfect sense.
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 governor sounds awkward. it's not needed
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-one only is redundant and sounds verbose. not needed.
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 should be followed by but also which is missing in this sentence
E. also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and only the first Governor-General of Independent India- Same error as in the sentence D. also only after and is not needed.
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06 Jul 2019, 03:23
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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.

Here, option D and E have not maintained parallelism, as there is no "but also". so out. options B and C uses "only" which is redundant as he has already mentioned as "First" viceroy. so out.
Hence, the correct answer choice is (A).
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06 Jul 2019, 05:37
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This passage tests the correct usage of the idiom not only... but also. This therefore rules out D and E.
Option B has the phrase “only the first Governor-General of Independent India”, which does not make sense. Only suggests that the Admiral was the only Governor General, hence introducing the qualifier first for the Governor General role distorts the meaning of the sentence, hence it is also incorrect in my opinion.
Same distorted meaning issue in B above reappears in C, hence the correct answer is A.

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06 Jul 2019, 05:47
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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
incorrect as it it is incomplete
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 question stem doesn't mention anything of there being an only one viceroy of India
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 usage
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 usage
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06 Jul 2019, 06:00
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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
Incorrect. "only the first Governor-General"- is meaningless. He could be either only Governor-General or the first Governor-General. Can't be both at the same time.

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 Governor..." doesn't make any sense. If B was bad, this is worse.

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. "Not only" must be followed by "but also".
*Although I must admit I have seen a question in OG18, which bypasses this rule. But, between A and D, I would choose A.

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 as in D. Plus, I'm not sure why "only" is placed before "the first"

Ans: A

But, someone has any other reason to eliminate D apart from idiom error, please do share.
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06 Jul 2019, 06:29
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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
Idiom- not only X but also Y is used correctly in A. No error

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

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

D & E is wrong because of idiom error (Not only X but also Y)

IMO A
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06 Jul 2019, 06:47
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Parallelism should be checked first when using "...not only ... but also..."
D and E are out because in both answers parallelism is wrong.

in B and C, there is a wrong meaning change by using 'only the first' and 'the first one only'. And also, they are not parallel with 'last'.
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06 Jul 2019, 07:02
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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 - Meaning error
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 - Inconsistent
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
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

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06 Jul 2019, 23:17
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.

POE : Correct idiom:- Not only ..... 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
Correct Choice

B. but also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and only the first Governor-General of Independent India
Changes the meaning of the sentence by stating "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
Changes the meaning of the sentence by stating "THE 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
Incorrect as not parallelism.

E. also had the distinctive stint of serving as the last Viceroy of India and only the first Governor-General of Independent India
Changes the meaning of the sentence by stating "ONLY THE FIRST...."

Please note that "Not only X Also Y" is correct as well, it depends on the context of the argument.

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07 Jul 2019, 10:06
The sentence tests on the correct usage of "not only -but also".
Vertical scan shows only A B & C has "but also".
Further, B & C encompasses awkward usage of "only".
Thus option A is the answer.

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07 Jul 2019, 10:25
Not Only requires But Also, hence D, E options can be eliminated.
Option B - Only is redundant, hence eliminated.
Option C - first one only is awkward, hence eliminated.

Correct Option - A
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