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# By pressing a tiny amount of nitrogen between two diamonds

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By pressing a tiny amount of nitrogen between two diamonds to a pressure of 25 million pounds per square inch, scientists not only were able to transform the gas into a solid, but they also created a semiconductor similar to silicon.

A)not only were able to transform the gas into a solid, but they also created
B) not only were able to transform the gas into a solid but also creating
C) were able not only to transform the gas into a solid but to create
D) were able not only to transform the gas into a solid but also creating
E) were not only able to transform the gas into a solid, but they were also able to create

Pls explain
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14 Nov 2006, 19:31
not only able to....also able to

E seems the best to me.
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14 Nov 2006, 19:48
By pressing a tiny amount of nitrogen between two diamonds to a pressure of 25 million pounds per square inch, scientists not only were able to transform the gas into a solid, but they also created a semiconductor similar to silicon.

A)not only were able to transform the gas into a solid, but they also created correct usage is were not only
B) not only were able to transform the gas into a solid but also creating
Has same error as A aslo uses wrong tense creating
C) were able not only to transform the gas into a solid but to create
Were not only able to.... but ...
D) were able not only to transform the gas into a solid but also creating
Same error as C also uses incorrect tense creating
E) were not only able to transform the gas into a solid, but they were also able to create
Correct answer were not only able to is correct usage ,
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14 Nov 2006, 19:55
I thought the same thing and I was like oh this is testing idiom.

But stupid %%%% software is like no this is not the correct answer

I swear, you'll be shocked the answer is C. Can someone please explain.

I couldn't even find this question in the forum.
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14 Nov 2006, 19:56
E looks most parallel....not very clean but still good
D would have been better if it had 'to create'
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14 Nov 2006, 20:02
It is a twister...
As I wrote E doesn't look very clean...( but still I selected that)
If I look back C looks ok if we don't fall into a trap of 'not only ....but also.'
not ----but is another idiom but the word 'only' creates confusion

Good one...
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14 Nov 2006, 20:05
uvs_mba wrote:
:no I thought the same thing and I was like oh this is testing idiom.

But stupid %%%% software is like no this is not the correct answer

I swear, you'll be shocked the answer is C. Can someone please explain.

I couldn't even find this question in the forum.

Even I was considering C for brevity. I agree "also" is missing.

But see the sentence "were able not only to transform the gas into a solid but to create"

"able" is not repeated unlike in E.

to transform...to create are parallel.

except for that "also" part, everything else is fine with C.
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14 Nov 2006, 20:48
Hm....I will add to what ak_idc.
I have seen this in....SAT.
You can get rid of "also" if you want in "Not only...but also."
I know this because I once tutored the kid who pinpointed this problem in SAT verbal section.
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14 Nov 2006, 21:21
ak_idc wrote:
uvs_mba wrote:
:no I thought the same thing and I was like oh this is testing idiom.

But stupid %%%% software is like no this is not the correct answer

I swear, you'll be shocked the answer is C. Can someone please explain.

I couldn't even find this question in the forum.

Even I was considering C for brevity. I agree "also" is missing.

But see the sentence "were able not only to transform the gas into a solid but to create"

"able" is not repeated unlike in E.

to transform...to create are parallel.

except for that "also" part, everything else is fine with C.

Thanks ak. I hate GMAT
14 Nov 2006, 21:21
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