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# Despite being rivals on the cricket field, Andrew regarded Brett

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Despite being rivals on the cricket field, Andrew regarded Brett not as an adversary but a friend , a fact that was obvious in the historic Ashes test match between their respective teams in 2005

a) not as an adversary but a friend , a fact that was obvious

b) not as an adversary but as a friend ; a fact that was obvious

c) as not an adversary but as a friend , a fact that was obvious

d) as a friend not as an adversary, an obvious fact

e) not as an adversary but as a friend , a fact that was obvious

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Originally posted by aashu4uiit on 29 Oct 2014, 02:10.
Last edited by Gnpth on 29 Oct 2014, 02:48, edited 2 times in total.
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29 Oct 2014, 02:46
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Can you suggest why use of semicolon is not correct in option B ?

Hi,

Normally Semicolon is used to connect two independent clauses. The sentence which starts after the semicolon is not a independent clause.

a fact that was obvious in the historic Ashes test match between their respective teams in 2005-- "A fact" denotes what??

This sentence cannot stand on its own. So it's a dependent clause. It depends on that fact that Andrew considers Brett has his friend and it was proven in this line.

So use semicolon to connect two independent clause.

In this case this line is not a independent clause. So it is wrong.
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29 Oct 2014, 02:20
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Despite being rivals on the cricket field, Andrew regarded Brett not as an adversary but a friend , a fact that was obvious in the historic Ashes test match between their respective teams in 2005

a) not as an adversary but a friend , a fact that was obvious

b) not as an adversary but as a friend ; a fact that was obvious

c) as not an adversary but as a friend , a fact that was obvious

d) as a friend not as an adversary, an obvious fact

e) not as an adversary but as a friend , a fact that was obvious

Proper idiom is Not X but Y. So eliminate A, & C.

The use of semicolon is not correct in option B. so eliminate B.

And option D is redundant. So correct option is E.

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29 Oct 2014, 02:32
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aashu4uiit wrote:
Despite being rivals on the cricket field, Andrew regarded Brett not as an adversary but a friend , a fact that was obvious in the historic Ashes test match between their respective teams in 2005

a) not as an adversary but a friend , a fact that was obvious

b) not as an adversary but as a friend ; a fact that was obvious

c) as not an adversary but as a friend , a fact that was obvious

d) as a friend not as an adversary, an obvious fact

e) not as an adversary but as a friend , a fact that was obvious

Proper idiom is Not X but Y. So eliminate A, & C.

The use of semicolon is not correct in option B. so eliminate B.

And option D is redundant. So correct option is E.

Hope it helps

Can you suggest why use of semicolon is not correct in option B ?
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Can someone explain why D is incorrect?

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Can someone explain why D is incorrect?

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not as X but as Y is correct idiomatically and as per parallelism, which is missing in (D)
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Sasindran wrote:
Can someone explain why D is incorrect?

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not as X but as Y is correct idiomatically and as per parallelism, which is missing in (D)

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31 Jan 2018, 13:22
Hi aashu4uiit,

Thank you for your question. Let's look the clear differences between each answer, and tackle them one at a time:

1. Parallel structure in the "not X, but Y" idiom
2. Use of comma versus semicolon

Let's start with parallel structure because it should narrow down the most answers. For the idiom to work, it needs to be structure "not as an X, but as a Y."

a) not as an adversary but a friend , a fact that was obvious (NOT PARALLEL)
b) not as an adversary but as a friend ; a fact that was obvious (PARALLEL)
c) as not an adversary but as a friend , a fact that was obvious (NOT PARALLEL)
d) as a friend not as an adversary, an obvious fact (NOT PARALLEL/WRONG STRUCTURE)
e) not as an adversary but as a friend , a fact that was obvious (PARALLEL)

Based on using parallel structure, we can eliminate answers A, C, & D. Now that we're left with answers B & E, let's look at #2 on the list: punctuation.

b) not as an adversary but as a friend; a fact that was obvious
This is WRONG because it uses a semicolon incorrectly. Semicolons can only be used when there are independent clauses before and after the semicolon. In this case, the clause after the semicolon can't stand alone and is dependent.

e) not as an adversary but as a friend, a fact that was obvious
This is the CORRECT answer because it uses proper parallel structure AND uses a comma, which is the correct punctuation for an independent clause + dependent clause.
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