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Florida’s Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail, a mixed-use recreation trail paved over an old rail bed, is a curious paradox: it is not only completely man-made but also designed exclusively for human use, yet is classified as a state park.

(A) is not only completely man-made but also designed exclusively for human use, yet is

(B) not only is completely man-made but also exclusively designed for human use, yet it is

(C) is completely man-made but also exclusively designed for human use, yet

(D) is completely man-made but also has been designed exclusively for human use, yet is

(E) is not only completely man-made but also is exclusively designed for human use, yet

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My Doubt is that in A , the last clause "yet is " should be "yet it is " .. since yet is a co-ordinating conjunction it should join two independent clauses , but the correct answer has not it ..
Am is missing something here ??
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20 Jan 2013, 03:14
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Florida’s Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail, a mixed-use recreation trail paved over an old rail bed, is a curious paradox: it is not only completely man-made but also designed exclusively for human use, yet is classified as a state park.

is not only completely man-made but also designed exclusively for human use, yet is
not only is completely man-made but also exclusively designed for human use, yet it is
is completely man-made but also exclusively designed for human use, yet
is completely man-made but also has been designed exclusively for human use, yet is
is not only completely man-made but also is exclusively designed for human use, yet

My Doubt is that in A , the last clause "yet is " should be "yet it is " .. since yet is a co-ordinating conjunction it should join two independent clauses , but the correct answer has not it ..
Am is missing something here ??

Florida’s Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail, a mixed-use recreation trail paved over an old rail bed, is a curious paradox: it is X yet (it) is Y.
This is not // when you use it.

"Yet is" is correct here.
D has incorrect use of but also.

So the correct answer is A.

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20 Jan 2013, 03:30
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shikhar wrote:
Florida’s Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail, a mixed-use recreation trail paved over an old rail bed, is a curious paradox: it is not only completely man-made but also designed exclusively for human use, yet is classified as a state park.

is not only completely man-made but also designed exclusively for human use, yet is
not only is completely man-made but also exclusively designed for human use, yet it is
is completely man-made but also exclusively designed for human use, yet
is completely man-made but also has been designed exclusively for human use, yet is
is not only completely man-made but also is exclusively designed for human use, yet

My Doubt is that in A , the last clause "yet is " should be "yet it is " .. since yet is a co-ordinating conjunction it should join two independent clauses , but the correct answer has not it ..
Am is missing something here ??

Florida’s Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail, a mixed-use recreation trail paved over an old rail bed, is a curious paradox: it is X yet (it) is Y.
This is not // when you use it.

"Yet is" is correct here.
D has incorrect use of but also.

So the correct answer is A.

Does that mean that the sentence below is also correct ??
it is pricy , yet is affordable.
or should it be
it is pricey yet it is affordable.
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Florida’s Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail, a mixed-use recreation trail paved over an old rail bed, is a curious paradox: it is not only completely man-made but also designed exclusively for human use, yet is classified as a state park.

is not only completely man-made but also designed exclusively for human use, yet is
not only is completely man-made but also exclusively designed for human use, yet it is
is completely man-made but also exclusively designed for human use, yet
is completely man-made but also has been designed exclusively for human use, yet is
is not only completely man-made but also is exclusively designed for human use, yet

My Doubt is that in A , the last clause "yet is " should be "yet it is " .. since yet is a co-ordinating conjunction it should join two independent clauses , but the correct answer has not it ..
Am is missing something here ??

I think this should be the correct structure. By elimination we can reach A easily.
B) not only is but also exclusively designed ----- not only but also should have parallel parts
C) not only missing.
D) not only missing.
E) not only completely man-made but also is ---- not only but also should have parallel parts
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20 Jan 2013, 08:26
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Does that mean that the sentence below is also correct ??
it is pricy , yet is affordable.
or should it be
it is pricey yet it is affordable.

It depends on the exact sentence but it would be correct to say :

......it is pricy , yet is affordable.....
or
......it is pricy yet affordable.

The choice depends on how it is used and how the sentence ends.

"it is pricey yet it is affordable." is wordy.

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Florida’s Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail, a mixed-use recreation trail paved over an old rail bed, is a curious paradox: it is not only completely man-made but also designed exclusively for human use, yet is classified as a state park.

(A) is not only completely man-made but also designed exclusively for human use, yet is

(B) not only is completely man-made but also exclusively designed for human use, yet it is

(C) is completely man-made but also exclusively designed for human use, yet

(D) is completely man-made but also has been designed exclusively for human use, yet is

(E) is not only completely man-made but also is exclusively designed for human use, yet

could someone break down how they thought of this question? it's little difficult to believe it has been thought of like that
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Florida’s Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail, a mixed-use recreation trail paved over an old rail bed, is a curious paradox: it is not only completely man-made but also designed exclusively for human use, yet is classified as a state park.
(A) is not only completely man-made but also designed exclusively for human use, yet is
(B) not only is completely man-made but also exclusively designed for human use, yet it is
(C) is completely man-made but also exclusively designed for human use, yet
(D) is completely man-made but also has been designed exclusively for human use, yet is
(E) is not only completely man-made but also is exclusively designed for human use, yet

I'm happy to help with this. This is a great question --- MGMAT really writes good questions!

The basic issue in this one is --- where the common words fall when you have parallel elements in a "not only ... but also" structure. Here's a blog that addresses this issue:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/common-par ... orrection/

Consider the following abstract structure involving "not only ... but also" or any similar correlative structure.

blah blah blah not only blah blah blah but also blah blah blah

I am going to call the purple part "outside" the "not only ... but also" structure, and the green part "inside" the structure. The BIG IDEA is that any common word that applies to both the parallel terms inside the structure can appear
(a) one outside the structure
or
(b) twice inside the structure, once before each term

For example, this is legal:
blah blah blah COMMON not only blah blah blah but also blah blah blah

This is also legal:
blah blah blah not only COMMON blah blah blah but also COMMON blah blah blah

But this is illegal:
blah blah blah not only COMMON blah blah blah but also blah blah blah
and this is similarly illegal:
blah blah blah not only blah blah blah but also COMMON blah blah blah
Those have the common term once inside only. A favorite illegal pattern, very common the GMAT SC, is this:
blah blah blah COMMON not only blah blah blah but also COMMON blah blah blah
the good old "once outside, once inside" mistake --- they love this one!

In this MGMAT SC question, the simple word "is" the common word that applies to both parallel terms.
(A) correctly has the word appear once outside the "not only ... but also" structure --- this is correct.
(B) has the word "is" once inside, in front of the first term, omitted from the second term
(C) & (D) don't have the not only at all, just the but also --- the structure is incomplete
(E) ah, the classic "once outside, once inside" mistake

Here's another practice SC question exploring some of the same ideas:
http://gmat.magoosh.com/questions/3290
When you submit your answer to that question, the next page will have a full video explanation.

Let me know if you have any questions.

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26 Feb 2013, 20:09
Took a little to understand but I think it's a GREAT way to think of idiomatic expressions (not only...but also) being thrown in with other modifiers. I actually found A awkward initially while reading the sentence and by process of elimination thought B was the best choice even though according to your rule and observation it is incorrect.

B also isn't a parallel construction like you observed.

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manimgoindowndown wrote:
Florida’s Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail, a mixed-use recreation trail paved over an old rail bed, is a curious paradox: it is not only completely man-made but also designed exclusively for human use, yet is classified as a state park.
(A) is not only completely man-made but also designed exclusively for human use, yet is
(B) not only is completely man-made but also exclusively designed for human use, yet it is
(C) is completely man-made but also exclusively designed for human use, yet
(D) is completely man-made but also has been designed exclusively for human use, yet is
(E) is not only completely man-made but also is exclusively designed for human use, yet

I'm happy to help with this. This is a great question --- MGMAT really writes good questions!

The basic issue in this one is --- where the common words fall when you have parallel elements in a "not only ... but also" structure. Here's a blog that addresses this issue:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/common-par ... orrection/

Consider the following abstract structure involving "not only ... but also" or any similar correlative structure.

blah blah blah not only blah blah blah but also blah blah blah

I am going to call the purple part "outside" the "not only ... but also" structure, and the green part "inside" the structure. The BIG IDEA is that any common word that applies to both the parallel terms inside the structure can appear
(a) one outside the structure
or
(b) twice inside the structure, once before each term

For example, this is legal:
blah blah blah COMMON not only blah blah blah but also blah blah blah

This is also legal:
blah blah blah not only COMMON blah blah blah but also COMMON blah blah blah

But this is illegal:
blah blah blah not only COMMON blah blah blah but also blah blah blah
and this is similarly illegal:
blah blah blah not only blah blah blah but also COMMON blah blah blah
Those have the common term once inside only. A favorite illegal pattern, very common the GMAT SC, is this:
blah blah blah COMMON not only blah blah blah but also COMMON blah blah blah
the good old "once outside, once inside" mistake --- they love this one!

In this MGMAT SC question, the simple word "is" the common word that applies to both parallel terms.
(A) correctly has the word appear once outside the "not only ... but also" structure --- this is correct.
(B) has the word "is" once inside, in front of the first term, omitted from the second term
(C) & (D) don't have the not only at all, just the but also --- the structure is incomplete
(E) ah, the classic "once outside, once inside" mistake

Here's another practice SC question exploring some of the same ideas:
http://gmat.magoosh.com/questions/3290
When you submit your answer to that question, the next page will have a full video explanation.

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Mike, thank you for the grammar lesson. Could you also give some pointers to the "yet is..." usage? I guess the lack of a pronoun "it" bugs me. Thanks!

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26 Feb 2013, 22:29
stoy4o wrote:
mikemcgarry wrote:
manimgoindowndown wrote:
Florida’s Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail, a mixed-use recreation trail paved over an old rail bed, is a curious paradox: it is not only completely man-made but also designed exclusively for human use, yet is classified as a state park.
(A) is not only completely man-made but also designed exclusively for human use, yet is
(B) not only is completely man-made but also exclusively designed for human use, yet it is
(C) is completely man-made but also exclusively designed for human use, yet
(D) is completely man-made but also has been designed exclusively for human use, yet is
(E) is not only completely man-made but also is exclusively designed for human use, yet

I'm happy to help with this. This is a great question --- MGMAT really writes good questions!

The basic issue in this one is --- where the common words fall when you have parallel elements in a "not only ... but also" structure. Here's a blog that addresses this issue:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/common-par ... orrection/

Consider the following abstract structure involving "not only ... but also" or any similar correlative structure.

blah blah blah not only blah blah blah but also blah blah blah

I am going to call the purple part "outside" the "not only ... but also" structure, and the green part "inside" the structure. The BIG IDEA is that any common word that applies to both the parallel terms inside the structure can appear
(a) one outside the structure
or
(b) twice inside the structure, once before each term

For example, this is legal:
blah blah blah COMMON not only blah blah blah but also blah blah blah

This is also legal:
blah blah blah not only COMMON blah blah blah but also COMMON blah blah blah

But this is illegal:
blah blah blah not only COMMON blah blah blah but also blah blah blah
and this is similarly illegal:
blah blah blah not only blah blah blah but also COMMON blah blah blah
Those have the common term once inside only. A favorite illegal pattern, very common the GMAT SC, is this:
blah blah blah COMMON not only blah blah blah but also COMMON blah blah blah
the good old "once outside, once inside" mistake --- they love this one!

In this MGMAT SC question, the simple word "is" the common word that applies to both parallel terms.
(A) correctly has the word appear once outside the "not only ... but also" structure --- this is correct.
(B) has the word "is" once inside, in front of the first term, omitted from the second term
(C) & (D) don't have the not only at all, just the but also --- the structure is incomplete
(E) ah, the classic "once outside, once inside" mistake

Here's another practice SC question exploring some of the same ideas:
http://gmat.magoosh.com/questions/3290
When you submit your answer to that question, the next page will have a full video explanation.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Mike

Mike, thank you for the grammar lesson. Could you also give some pointers to the "yet is..." usage? I guess the lack of a pronoun "it" bugs me. Thanks!

So 1. you check the idiomatic construction like Mike did 2. The parallelism with yet has to do with what is before and after it being the same since the 'common' or 'it' as mike said is outside of the conjunction.

It's just the same concept applied again. Do you understand it? Or am I wrong here Mike, and the 'common' can only apply to idioms?

Another reason why I would see no problem with just having is, in addition to the it already being stated is, what would that it be referring to? That would be ambiguous
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So 1. you check the idiomatic construction like Mike did 2. The parallelism with yet has to do with what is before and after it being the same since the 'common' or 'it' as mike said is outside of the conjunction.

It's just the same concept applied again. Do you understand it? Or am I wrong here Mike, and the 'common' can only apply to idioms?

Another reason why I would see no problem with just having is, in addition to the it already being stated is, what would that it be referring to? That would be ambiguous

I see what you're saying and I may be wrong, but I don't think the same inside/outside common rule that Mike explained about the idiomatic expression applies here. Having "it" next to "yet" would refer to the same subject to which "IT is not only..." refers to (aka. "Trail" - the only subject). My only reasoning for why "yet is ..." is correct is that "yet it is..." makes the clause independent. In this case it is not gramatically correct to connect independent clauses with a comma.

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Florida’s Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail, a mixed-use recreation trail paved over an old rail bed, is a curious paradox: it is not only completely man-made but also designed exclusively for human use, yet is classified as a state park.

A is not only completely man-made but also designed exclusively for human use, yet is

B not only is completely man-made but also exclusively designed for human use, yet it is. distorts parallelism in two places. 1: in Not only..but also . 2. It (<--Non parallel part in non-underline portion) it is...doesn't make sense

C is completely man-made but also exclusively designed for human use, yet. distorts parallelism

D is completely man-made but also has been designed exclusively for human use, yet is. distorts parallelism

E is not only completely man-made but also is exclusively designed for human use, yet
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The golden rule to follow the correlative conjunction parallelism in such cases as --- (not only….. but also), (both ---- and) etc is this. Simply ensure that what are on the right- hand side of these two conjunctions are both in the same structure or part of speech. As per the tenets of this creed,
(A) is not only completely man-made but also designed exclusively for human use, yet is ---- perfect bet; and correct choice
(B) not only is completely man-made but also exclusively designed for human use, yet it is --- //ism problem
(C) is completely man-made but also exclusively designed for human use, yet --- not only is missing
(D) is completely man-made but also has been designed exclusively for human use, yet is --- not only is missing
(E) is not only completely man-made but also is exclusively designed for human use, yet--- //ism problem
A special note on “not only--- but also”. It is not imperative that when you use not only, you have to necessarily use ‘but also’ You can be content with ‘not only--- but’ and leave out the ‘also’. But such a phenomenon is rare in GMAT domain. Just keep it in your memory bank. But if you use - but also- , you must necessarily have - not only - in the first arm. You can not dispense with -not only-, in such cases.

Some theory about yet. Yet is one of the FANBOYS (For, And, Not, But, Or, Yet and So) coordinating conjunctions. A coordinating conjunction can perfectly merge two ICS with just a comma. But you must ensure that the conjunction is necessarily there.

I ran fast, for I wanted to catch the train.
I ran fast, and (I) caught the train
I am not running fast, nor do I intend to
I ran fast but (I) missed the train
I have to run fast, or I will miss the train
I ran fast, yet (I) missed the train
I ran fast, so I caught the train
In some cases you may repeat the subject or simply ignore it; still the sentences make sense
As per this maxim, yet preceded by a comma can join two independent clauses. But using just yet without a verb will break the //ism. You cannot combine a clause and a phrase.
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can someone explain how the meaning is changed from

exclusively designed and designed exclusively for human use

they both seem the same to me

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can someone explain how the meaning is changed from

exclusively designed and designed exclusively for human use

they both seem the same to me

Yes they mean the same. The POE in the above sentence involves the correct use of Not only..but also.
Designed exclusively or exclusively designed won't affect the decision
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11 Nov 2013, 18:11
No need to go into meaning in this question.

is not only completely man-made but also designed exclusively for human use, yet is - is not only X but also Y + POE
not only is completely man-made but also exclusively designed for human use, yet it is - "is" is coming between "not only X" - Rule: Not only is X but also is Y,
is completely man-made but also exclusively designed for human use, yet - no not only for but also.
is completely man-made but also has been designed exclusively for human use, yet is - no not only for but also.
is not only completely man-made but also is exclusively designed for human use, yet - not only X but also is.

Meaning difference:
Phone is designed exclusively for human use. - Modifying Use - Dogs cannot use.
iPhone is exclusively designed for rich people. - modifying designing process.

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12 Nov 2013, 13:31
THanks for the responses above!!

I read on a different gmat forum that there was a second issue in which B slightly changed the meaning of the sentence, making B more incorrect.

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29 Mar 2014, 22:52
To me the choice A is also wrong -

Florida’s Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail, a mixed-use recreation trail paved over an old rail bed, is a curious paradox: it is not only completely man-made but also designed exclusively for human use, yet is classified as a state park.

The two statements after colon - "it is not only completely man-made but also designed exclusively for human use" and "yet is classified as a state park" are separated by comma and yet, so these should be two independent clauses, but the second clause is missing a subject (it should be "yet it is"). Can somebody explain how the choice A is correct?

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Florida’s Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail, a mixed-use recreation trail paved over an old rail bed, is a curious paradox: it is not only completely man-made but also designed exclusively for human use, yet is classified as a state park.
(A) is not only completely man-made but also designed exclusively for human use, yet is
(B) not only is completely man-made but also exclusively designed for human use, yet it is
(C) is completely man-made but also exclusively designed for human use, yet
(D) is completely man-made but also has been designed exclusively for human use, yet is
(E) is not only completely man-made but also is exclusively designed for human use, yet

I'm happy to help with this. This is a great question --- MGMAT really writes good questions!

The basic issue in this one is --- where the common words fall when you have parallel elements in a "not only ... but also" structure. Here's a blog that addresses this issue:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/common-par ... orrection/

Consider the following abstract structure involving "not only ... but also" or any similar correlative structure.

blah blah blah not only blah blah blah but also blah blah blah

I am going to call the purple part "outside" the "not only ... but also" structure, and the green part "inside" the structure. The BIG IDEA is that any common word that applies to both the parallel terms inside the structure can appear
(a) one outside the structure
or
(b) twice inside the structure, once before each term

For example, this is legal:
blah blah blah COMMON not only blah blah blah but also blah blah blah

This is also legal:
blah blah blah not only COMMON blah blah blah but also COMMON blah blah blah

But this is illegal:
blah blah blah not only COMMON blah blah blah but also blah blah blah
and this is similarly illegal:
blah blah blah not only blah blah blah but also COMMON blah blah blah
Those have the common term once inside only. A favorite illegal pattern, very common the GMAT SC, is this:
blah blah blah COMMON not only blah blah blah but also COMMON blah blah blah
the good old "once outside, once inside" mistake --- they love this one!

In this MGMAT SC question, the simple word "is" the common word that applies to both parallel terms.
(A) correctly has the word appear once outside the "not only ... but also" structure --- this is correct.
(B) has the word "is" once inside, in front of the first term, omitted from the second term
(C) & (D) don't have the not only at all, just the but also --- the structure is incomplete
(E) ah, the classic "once outside, once inside" mistake

Here's another practice SC question exploring some of the same ideas:
http://gmat.magoosh.com/questions/3290
When you submit your answer to that question, the next page will have a full video explanation.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Mike

Thanks for the explanation Matt. However, in choice A not only preceedes an adverb (completely) while but also preceedes a verb (designed). Doesn't it make the sentence structurally not parallel. Please help

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Thanks for the explanation Matt. However, in choice A not only preceedes an adverb (completely) while but also preceedes a verb (designed). Doesn't it make the sentence structurally not parallel. Please help

Dear rishabchoraria,
I'm happy to respond. BTW, my name is Mike.

Here's version (A), the OA:
Florida’s Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail, a mixed-use recreation trail paved over an old rail bed, is a curious paradox: it is not only completely man-made but also designed exclusively for human use, yet is classified as a state park.

The Parallelism in this OA is perfect. You see, parallelism is not purely a grammatical structure following strict mathematical rules --- if you get too formalistic about parallelism, you will completely misunderstand it. Logic & meaning are as important to parallel structure as is grammar. Here, we are giving two descriptions of the Trail --- it is
(2) designed exclusively for human use
In terms of meaning, these two phrases are completely parallel. Don't be so literalistic in your analysis of parallelism --- parallelism is a highly sophisticated structure that accommodates a wide variety of constructions. If you approach it in a formulaic manner, you will totally misunderstand it.

Here are a couple blogs you may find helpful:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/parallelis ... orrection/
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/gmat-paral ... ce-inside/
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/dropping-c ... -the-gmat/

Does all this make sense?
Mike
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