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An increased level of entrepreneurship in the metropolitan area was brought about not by immigrants who
arrived in a substantial influx, which was the case in cities several decades ago, but
adjustments to the
federal tax code that heavily favor the self-employed.

(A) brought about not by immigrants who arrived in a substantial influx, which was the case in cities
several decades ago, but

(B) brought about not by a substantial influx of immigrants, the case in cities several decades ago, but

(C) brought about not by a substantial influx of immigrants, as was the case in cities several decades
ago, but by

(D) not brought about by a substantial influx of immigrants, which was the case in cities several
decades ago, but was brought about by

(E) not brought about by immigrants who arrived in a substantial influx, the case in cities several
decades ago, but by


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Idiom: Not X, but Y <== X and Y should be parallel.
In this question, because of the passive voice, the correct idiom is: Not by X, but by Y.

An increased level of entrepreneurship in the metropolitan area was brought about not by immigrants who
arrived in a substantial influx, which was the case in cities several decades ago, but
adjustments to the
federal tax code that heavily favor the self-employed.

(A) brought about not by immigrants who arrived in a substantial influx, which was the case in cities
several decades ago, but
Wrong. Not by X, but Y <== wrong idiom.

(B) brought about not by a substantial influx of immigrants, the case in cities several decades ago, but
Wrong. Not by X, but Y <== wrong idiom.

(C) brought about not by a substantial influx of immigrants, as was the case in cities several decades
ago, but by
Correct. Idiom: Not by X, but by Y.

(D) not brought about by a substantial influx of immigrants, which was the case in cities several
decades ago, but was brought about by
Wrong. Very wordy. We don't need to repeat verb in the second part "but was brought about by.."

(E) not brought about by immigrants who arrived in a substantial influx, the case in cities several
decades ago, but by
Wrong.
Parallelism problem: not brought about by X, but [...???... ] by Y
Meaning problem: a substantial influx of immigrants (the whole influx) # immigrants who arrived in a substantial influx (some people who arrived in an influx).

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Answer: C
- This question tests a common comparison idiom: "not by...but by...." When the first is present, the second must be, as well. That eliminates (A) and (B), both of which use "but" instead. Purely for style reasons, (C) is preferable to (D) and (E). The latter two choices restate the words "brought about," which is superfluous when compared to the construction used in (C). In addition, (D) is wrong because "as was" (in (C)) is more accurate than "which was." "As was the case" is referring to an action, while "which was" refers to a thing. The substantial influx was an occurrence, not a thing. (E) is wrong because it compares "immigrants" (as opposed to "a substantial influx") to "adjustments to the federal tax code." In (C) and (D), the comparison is between social phenomena.


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New post 03 Jan 2019, 10:29
My approach:

I chose C, besides Idiom approach, [D & E], are written in passive voice. [A] the "which" to describe influx does not make sense and [B] the word "the" does not make sense.

(A) brought about not by immigrants who arrived in a substantial influx, which was the case in cities
several decades ago, but

(B) brought about not by a substantial influx of immigrants, the case in cities several decades ago, but

(C) brought about not by a substantial influx of immigrants, as was the case in cities several decades
ago, but by

(D) not brought about by a substantial influx of immigrants, which was the case in cities several
decades ago, but was brought about by

(E) not brought about by immigrants who arrived in a substantial influx, the case in cities several
decades ago, but by
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