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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

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OA IS C.
However, that is not the idiom not only but also.
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26 Jul 2010, 07:26
'not only ... but also' in generally preferred, but gmatprep has featured at least one problem featuring 'not only ... but' in the correct answer

the correct answer is c, the only choice that features proper parallelism. it omits the word 'also', but it's still correct.
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'not only ... but also' in generally preferred, but gmatprep has featured at least one problem featuring 'not only ... but' in the correct answer

the correct answer is c, the only choice that features proper parallelism. it omits the word 'also', but it's still correct.

I have also seen NOT ONLY....BUT THEY ALSO.... in some other correct question.
What do you think about that?
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noboru wrote:
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

OA IS C.
However, that is not the idiom not only but also.

Correct idiom is "Not only X ... but also Y", where X and Y both has to be parallel. In the options A, B, D and E, these are not parallel.

Only option C seems correct.

In Manhattan SC book, check out the page no. 161 of 4th ed. "Not only X ... but Y" is given under SUSPECT idiom, i.e. this can be used sometimes.

Other examples given are

1. We wore NOT ONLY boots BUT sandals.
2. We wore NOT ONLY boots BUT sandals AS WELL.

See in both the options "boots" (X) are parallel to "sandals" (Y)
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26 Jul 2010, 07:58
noboru wrote:
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

OA IS C.
However, that is not the idiom not only but also.

Not only x but also y is a correlative conjunction. A correlative conjunction joins two equal elements. In the sentence above, the elements, to transform the gas and created a semiconductor, are not equal hence the reason "not only but also" is not correct.
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26 Jul 2010, 08:00
noboru wrote:
onedayill wrote:
'not only ... but also' in generally preferred, but gmatprep has featured at least one problem featuring 'not only ... but' in the correct answer

the correct answer is c, the only choice that features proper parallelism. it omits the word 'also', but it's still correct.

I have also seen NOT ONLY....BUT THEY ALSO.... in some other correct question.
What do you think about that?

According to whatever little bit knowledge I have, I don't think NOT ONLY... BUT THEY ALSO can be correct. What I have read is correct idiom should be NOT ONLY X .... BUT ALSO Y, where X and Y should be parallel. Can you provide some examples or source?

Thanks.
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26 Jul 2010, 09:32
this is very different question......what is the source of the sentence?
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26 Jul 2010, 10:31
noboru wrote:
onedayill wrote:
'not only ... but also' in generally preferred, but gmatprep has featured at least one problem featuring 'not only ... but' in the correct answer

the correct answer is c, the only choice that features proper parallelism. it omits the word 'also', but it's still correct.

I have also seen NOT ONLY....BUT THEY ALSO.... in some other correct question.
What do you think about that?

Hey noboru,

In my opinion its not correct; May be the sentence you encountered is using "NOT ONLY....BUT THEY ALSO" in some context.

But its not the correct idiom.

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26 Jul 2010, 10:39
onedayill wrote:
noboru wrote:
onedayill wrote:
'not only ... but also' in generally preferred, but gmatprep has featured at least one problem featuring 'not only ... but' in the correct answer

the correct answer is c, the only choice that features proper parallelism. it omits the word 'also', but it's still correct.

I have also seen NOT ONLY....BUT THEY ALSO.... in some other correct question.
What do you think about that?

Hey noboru,

In my opinion its not correct; May be the sentence you encountered is using "NOT ONLY....BUT THEY ALSO" in some context.

But its not the correct idiom.

Thanks

"Not only...but" is also a correct idiom.
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28 Jul 2010, 05:12
kissthegmat wrote:
noboru wrote:
onedayill wrote:
'not only ... but also' in generally preferred, but gmatprep has featured at least one problem featuring 'not only ... but' in the correct answer

the correct answer is c, the only choice that features proper parallelism. it omits the word 'also', but it's still correct.

I have also seen NOT ONLY....BUT THEY ALSO.... in some other correct question.
What do you think about that?

According to whatever little bit knowledge I have, I don't think NOT ONLY... BUT THEY ALSO can be correct. What I have read is correct idiom should be NOT ONLY X .... BUT ALSO Y, where X and Y should be parallel. Can you provide some examples or source?

Thanks.

Here is an example:

Not only did the systematic clearing of forests in the United States
create farmland (especially in the Northeast) and gave consumers relatively
inexpensive houses and furniture, but it also
caused erosion and very
quickly deforested whole regions.
A. Not only did the systematic clearing of forests in the United States create
farmland (especially in the Northeast) and gave consumers relatively
inexpensive houses and furniture, but it also
B. Not only did the systematic clearing of forests in the United States create
farmland (especially in the Northeast), which gave consumers relatively
inexpensive houses and furniture, but also
C. The systematic clearing of forests in the United States, creating farmland
(especially in the Northeast) and giving consumers relatively inexpensive
houses and furniture, but also
D. The systematic clearing of forests in the United States created farmland
(especially in the Northeast) and gave consumers relatively inexpensive houses
and furniture, but it also
E. The systematic clearing of forests in the United States not only created
farmland (especially in the Northeast), giving consumers relatively inexpensive
houses and furniture, but it

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According to my understanding, the following construcions are...

NOT ONLY X BUT ALSO Y: CORRECT
NOT ONLY X BUT IT/THEY ALSO Y: INCORRECT
NOT ONLY X BUT Y: CORRECT
X, BUT Y: CORRECT
X, BUT ALSO Y: CORRECT
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28 Jul 2010, 06:46
noboru wrote:
kissthegmat wrote:
noboru wrote:

I have also seen NOT ONLY....BUT THEY ALSO.... in some other correct question.
What do you think about that?

According to whatever little bit knowledge I have, I don't think NOT ONLY... BUT THEY ALSO can be correct. What I have read is correct idiom should be NOT ONLY X .... BUT ALSO Y, where X and Y should be parallel. Can you provide some examples or source?

Thanks.

Here is an example:

Not only did the systematic clearing of forests in the United States
create farmland (especially in the Northeast) and gave consumers relatively
inexpensive houses and furniture, but it also
caused erosion and very
quickly deforested whole regions.
A. Not only did the systematic clearing of forests in the United States create
farmland (especially in the Northeast) and gave consumers relatively
inexpensive houses and furniture, but it also
B. Not only did the systematic clearing of forests in the United States create
farmland (especially in the Northeast), which gave consumers relatively
inexpensive houses and furniture, but also
C. The systematic clearing of forests in the United States, creating farmland
(especially in the Northeast) and giving consumers relatively inexpensive
houses and furniture, but also
D. The systematic clearing of forests in the United States created farmland
(especially in the Northeast) and gave consumers relatively inexpensive houses
and furniture, but it also
E. The systematic clearing of forests in the United States not only created
farmland (especially in the Northeast), giving consumers relatively inexpensive
houses and furniture, but it

If I go with idiom (Not only ... but also): then I'm goona choose B.

But, some how D looks good to me as compared to B.
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Went with E ............first time seeing Not only ....But
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noboru wrote:
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

OA IS C.
However, that is not the idiom not only but also.

Can experts comment on this. Have never seen not only..but construction before.
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the things we need in this problem are the paralleled items. So, forget rule we do not sure that is the absolute rule.
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noboru wrote:
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

OA IS C.
However, that is not the idiom not only but also.
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What;s the source of this question?
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not only X...but Y is ALSO an idiom

A. not only were able to transform the gas into a solid, but they also created not parallel
B. not only were able to transform the gas into a solid but also creating not parallel
C. were able not only to transform the gas into a solid but to create parallel!
D. were able not only to transform the gas into a solid but also creating not parallel
E. were not only able to transform the gas into a solid, but they were also able to not parallel
create
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22 Jan 2012, 02:18
agree with kissthegmat
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Why is E incorrect? (scientist were) Not only, (they were) but also
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Hi,

It is true that we generally use “not only” pairing it with “but also” to denote two aspects of the same thing. However, the use of “not only… but…” is not incorrect (but that we encounter in rare occasions).

We use “not only A but also Y” or “not only X but Y”, what we must pay attention to is that the entities following both the markers (X and Y) must be logically as well as grammatically parallel.

In this sentence, only choice C adheres to this rule of parallelism: were able not only to transform the gas into a solid but to create. The entities that follow both the markers are grammatically (to verb-forms) as well as logically parallel. Hence choice C is correct.

Hope this helps.
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