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Czech-born American tennis player Martina Navratilova not only reached the Wimbledon singles finals an impressive 12 times, holding a record for the most women’s singles titles won at Wimbledon: 9.
 holding a record for the most women’s singles titles won at Wimbledon: 9
 holding a record of 9, the most women’s singles titles won at Wimbledon
 but she also holds a record of 9, the most women’s singles titles won at Wimbledon
 but she also, having won 9 women’s singles titles, holds a record at Wimbledon
 but she also holds a record for the most singles titles won at Wimbledon: 9
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12 Aug 2010, 07:39
E for me.

Martina Navratilova not only reached the singles finals 12 times, but she also holds a record for the most singles titles won :9

Czech-born American tennis player Martina Navratilova not only reached the Wimbledon singles finals an impressive 12 times, holding a record for the most women’s singles titles won at Wimbledon: 9.

holding a record for the most women’s singles titles won at Wimbledon: 9
holding a record of 9, the most women’s singles titles won at Wimbledon
but she also holds a record of 9, the most women’s singles titles won at Wimbledon
 but she also, having won 9 women’s singles titles, holds a record at Wimbledon
but she also holds a record for the most singles titles won at Wimbledon: 9
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Czech-born American tennis player Martina Navratilova not only reached the Wimbledon singles finals an impressive 12 times, holding a record for the most women’s singles titles won at Wimbledon: 9.
 holding a record for the most women’s singles titles won at Wimbledon: 9
 holding a record of 9, the most women’s singles titles won at Wimbledon
 but she also holds a record of 9, the most women’s singles titles won at Wimbledon
 but she also, having won 9 women’s singles titles, holds a record at Wimbledon
 but she also holds a record for the most singles titles won at Wimbledon: 9

I like E but not sure of use of " : : ..hence searched...

The colon (:) is most often used to formally or emphatically introduce series, lists, appositives, and quotations. Generally, a colon implies a "promise," and what follows the colon "delivers on" that promise.

1. When extra emphasis or a degree of formality is desired, a colon can be employed to introduce a word, a phrase, or a clause used in apposition to a substantive (a noun or a noun substitute) in the introductory statement.

EXAMPLES

WORD

There is one thing a human being simply cannot do without: hope.

PHRASE

Her goal was easily stated: the state championship.

One factor cannot be ignored: the bottom line.

CLAUSE

There was only one question left to answer: who had sent her the first warning?

Don't overlook the most important rule: never argue with the boss.

2. A colon is frequently used after an introductory statement that clearly indicates that something--a list or an enumeration, for example--is to follow.

EXAMPLES

The children were asked to bring certain supplies the next day: crayons, scissors, glue, glitter, and ribbon.

A number of unexpected problems cropped up: the orders didn't go out on time, there was a breakdown in communication with the branch offices, and our top salesman was recruited by another company.

The major holidays for the upcoming academic year are as follows: Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day, and Memorial day.

3. If a quoted passage is formal, long, or paragraphed separately, a colon is used to separate the introductory statement from the quotation that follows.

EXAMPLE

John F. Kennedy issued this stirring challenge: "Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country."

4. A colon is used after the salutation of a formal letter or a business letter. (A comma follows the salutation of a friendly letter or an informal letter.)

EXAMPLES

Gentlemen:

To the Selection Committee:

5. A colon is used to separate the title of a book or article from its subtitle.

"High Risk: Children Without a Conscience"

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COMMON MISUSES OF THE COLON

1. Do not use a colon to separate a preposition from its objects.

WRONG

She was in charge of: registration, cabin assignments, and camp clean-up.

CORRECT

She was in charge of registration, cabin assignments, and camp clean-up.

2. Do not use a colon to separate a verb from its objects.

WRONG

I like to play: soccer, racquetball, and ice hockey.

CORRECT

I like to play soccer, racquetball, and ice hockey.

3. Do not use a colon after "such as."

WRONG

I enjoy playing physically demanding sports such as: soccer, racquetball, and ice hockey.

CORRECT

I enjoy playing physically demanding sports such as soccer, racquetball, and ice hockey.

4. After a word, phrase, or clause has been introduced by a colon, the sentence must end with the introduced element. (The main clause cannot be picked up again after the introduced element.)

WRONG

We were offered a choice of desserts: pudding, an assortment of pastries, and a fruit cocktail, but we were too stuffed to eat another bite.

CORRECT

We were offered a choice of desserts: pudding, an assortment of pastries, and a fruit cocktail. Unfortunately, we were too stuffed to eat another bite.
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12 Aug 2010, 18:04
bibha wrote:
Czech-born American tennis player Martina Navratilova not only reached the Wimbledon singles finals an impressive 12 times, holding a record for the most women’s singles titles won at Wimbledon: 9.
 holding a record for the most women’s singles titles won at Wimbledon: 9
 holding a record of 9, the most women’s singles titles won at Wimbledon
 but she also holds a record of 9, the most women’s singles titles won at Wimbledon
 but she also, having won 9 women’s singles titles, holds a record at Wimbledon
 but she also holds a record for the most singles titles won at Wimbledon: 9

E is correct.

The record for is correct idiom here. A record of means a note of - take a record of class attendance.
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12 Aug 2010, 22:17
Option E is missing the the word "women's" before singles titles. All other options have it. Wouldn't that change the original meaning of the sentence.
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13 Aug 2010, 07:37
option E is the correct choice. But, what about the missing "women's". Crack700 correctly pointed it out. Even i have the same query.
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10 Nov 2010, 03:24
I think that ALL 5 ans-choises are incorrect, because (E) does not look good because of SHE.
SHE is not needed here.

but she also holds a record for the most singles titles won at Wimbledon: 9.
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10 Nov 2010, 06:36
Financier wrote:
I think that ALL 5 ans-choises are incorrect, because (E) does not look good because of SHE.
SHE is not needed here.

but she also holds a record for the most singles titles won at Wimbledon: 9.

I agree with Financier.
This SC is weird, please provide the sourse of the question. I don't think this is from OG.

I have never ever seen that construction not only ..... but [] also to have some words between but and also and to be correct.
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bibha wrote:
Czech-born American tennis player Martina Navratilova not only reached the Wimbledon singles finals an impressive 12 times, holding a record for the most women’s singles titles won at Wimbledon: 9.
 holding a record for the most women’s singles titles won at Wimbledon: 9
 holding a record of 9, the most women’s singles titles won at Wimbledon
 but she also holds a record of 9, the most women’s singles titles won at Wimbledon
 but she also, having won 9 women’s singles titles, holds a record at Wimbledon
 but she also holds a record for the most singles titles won at Wimbledon: 9

I am no expert, but I believe "Not only... but she also..." is not wrong.
I think the answer is D because it is the only answer where I did not see anything "wrong" (please correct me if I am wrong)
I think E uses ":" incorrectly, as someone stated above, and C looks poorly constructed. Its questions like these that ruin a perfectly flowing GMAT verbal test . What is the OA and explanation?
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10 Nov 2010, 07:10
I pick E. Please post the OA. Tks
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10 Nov 2010, 07:16
Why is : wrong, its an equivalent of = in math
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10 Nov 2010, 07:38
I think the part of the sentence before the ":" has to be complete.
For example, srjaidev is going to get dinged from all the schools he applied to: HBS, LBS, Stanford.
Another example is - she holds a record at Wimbledon: most women's singles titles won.
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10 Nov 2010, 07:43
Czech-born American tennis player Martina Navratilova not only reached the Wimbledon singles finals an impressive 12 times, but she also holds a record for the most singles titles won at Wimbledon

the sentence is complee I suppose, the number is equivalent to 9, its ust an additional info? Am i missing something :-/
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