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Changes in sea level are not only a result of changes in water temperature, affecting water density, but of melting glaciers as well.

(A) are not only a result of changes in water temperature, affecting water density, but of melting glaciers as well
(B) not only result from changes in water temperature, which affect water density, but also when glaciers melt
(C) are a result not only of changes in water temperature, which affect water density, but also the melting glaciers
(D) result not only from changes in water temperature, which affect water density, but also from the melting of glaciers
(E) result from not only changes in water temperature, affecting water density, but as well as when glaciers melt
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New post 16 Jul 2015, 01:26
Hi,

not only X .. but also Y is the correct idiom.

So contenders are B,C,D.

In B "but also when glaciers melt" does not make any sense.. so out.

In D.. result not only from X.. but also from Y is parallel.

So D it is.

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This GMAT Prep question tests parallelism in ‘not only --- but also’ correlative conjunctions. The correct idiom to be observed is --- not only X --- but also Y. When elaborated, this means that what is on the right side of ‘not only’ should be maintained on the right side of ‘but also’ too.

(A) are not only a result of changes in water temperature, affecting water density, but of melting glaciers as well ---- misses ‘but also’ correlation format
(B) not only result from changes in water temperature, which affect water density, but also when glaciers melt --- ‘not only from --- but also when’ is not parallel
(C) are a result not only of changes in water temperature, which affect water density, but also the melting glaciers – ‘not only of --- but also the’ is not parallel
(D) result not only from changes in water temperature, which affect water density, but also from the melting of glaciers – the correct choice that keeps // intact with ‘ ‘not only from – but also from’
(E) result from not only changes in water temperature, affecting water density, but as well as when glaciers melt ---- misses the but also format as in A

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I did get my answer right, but I do it took me sometime. What threw me off was the use of "which".

Does "which" refer to "changes in water temp." or "temp.".

Meaning wise "which" is supposed to refer to "changes in water temp.", however, as per grammar, which refers to closest noun, which in this case it would be temperature.

Pls clarify.

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The verb for the pronoun ‘which’ is the plural ‘affect’. So the number of the pronoun and its referent should also be the plural subject ‘changes’, and not the singular ‘temperature’.
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Changes in sea level are not only a result of changes in water temperature, affecting water density, but of melting glaciers as well.

(A) are not only a result of changes in water temperature, affecting water density, but of melting glaciers as well - parallelism issue - Not only X , but also Y is correct idiom
(B) not only result from changes in water temperature, which affect water density, but also when glaciers melt - parallelism issue - Not only result ... , but also when
(C) are a result not only of changes in water temperature, which affect water density, but also the melting glaciers - parallelism issue
(D) result not only from changes in water temperature, which affect water density, but also from the melting of glaciers - Correct
(E) result from not only changes in water temperature, affecting water density, but as well as when glaciers melt - parallelism issue - Not only X , but also Y is correct idiom

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