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Giuseppe Alessi, a world-class chef whose life has been a search for the genuine and the delicious in Florentine cooking, is an accomplished scholar not only unearthing many of his recipes from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts but also a poet and philosopher who draws his inspiration from the idyllic frescoes of Etruscan tombs.


A. not only unearthing many of his recipes from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts but also a poet and philosopher who draws

B. unearthing many of his recipes both from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, as well as a poet and a philosopher who draws

C. who unearths many of his recipes from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, as well as a poet and a philosopher who draws

D. who unearths many of his recipes from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, but also a poet and a philosopher drawing

E. who unearths many of his recipes from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, a poet and philosopher drawing

Originally posted by bigfernhead on 19 Nov 2008, 17:57.
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First look: Parallelism, modifiers, idioms.

A. not only unearthing many of his recipes from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts but also a poet and philosopher who draws Wrong - "Not only..but also" is an idiom that requires parallel elements; "unearthing" and "a poet...who" are not parallel.

B. unearthing many of his recipes both from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, as well as a poet and a philosopher who draws Wrong - The sentence with "as well as" requires consistency among the predicates. "Both" is also idiomatic and not used correctly.

C. who unearths many of his recipes from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, as well as a poet and a philosopher who draws Ok - Parallel elements "who unearths...who draws"

D. who unearths many of his recipes from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, but also a poet and a philosopher drawing Wrong - "but also" is an idiomatic construction. Furthermore, "who" and "drawing" are not consistent.

E. unearths many of his recipes from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, a poet and philosopher drawing Wrong - The answer choice makes "a poet and philosopher" in to an appositive incorrectly modifying manuscripts or recipes.

IMO C
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Giuseppe Alessi, a world-class chef whose life has been a search for the genuine and the delicious in Florentine cooking, is an accomplished scholar not only unearthing many of his recipes from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts but also a poet and philosopher who draws his inspiration from the idyllic frescoes of Etruscan tombs.
A. not only unearthing many of his recipes from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts but also a poet and philosopher who draws
B. unearthing many of his recipes both from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, as well as a poet and a philosopher who draws
C. who unearths many of his recipes from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, as well as a poet and a philosopher who draws
D. who unearths many of his recipes from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, but also a poet and a philosopher drawing
E. unearths many of his recipes from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, a poet and philosopher drawing

I do not have OA For this.

I went with C.


IMHO, C.

A. 'Not only' is incorrectly placed.
B. The pattern of the sentence is X is scholar .......... and a poet & philosopher who.....,
For the sentence to be parallel , there should be a "who" after scholar.
B violates parallelism.

C. correct

D. not only is not present, a hanging "but also" is used

E. unearths..., drawing ..., is not parallel.
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A - not only X but also Y. X and Y should be parallel and similar in construction. X - unearthing many of his recipes from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts is not parallel to Y - a poet and philosopher who draws his inspiration from the idyllic frescoes of Etruscan tombs.

B - ‘unearthing’ is wrong usage, gives rise to a phrase without a verb which is not parallel to what follows ‘as well as’ which has a verb. ‘who draws’ not parallel to ‘unearthing’, as well as after comma is not perfect. X as well as Y. X and Y should be parallel.

C - Seems CORRECT. X as well as Y. X and Y is perfectly parallel.

D - ‘but also’ is used incorrectly. Correct idiom is ‘not only .. but also ..’. ‘drawing’ used as adjective cause two sides of as well as to become un parallel.

E - ‘a poet and philosopher drawing ..’ changes meaning of sentence by shifting focus to poet and philosopher, while Alessi is primarily a poet and philosopher.

the subject is Alessi (sing.) not poet and philosopher. So if we asks, who draws? the answer is Alessi. A poet and a philosopher are not drawing. 'Poet and philosopher' are two things Alessi is considered.
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Giuseppe Alessi, a world-class chef whose life has been a search for the genuine and the delicious in Florentine cooking, is an accomplished scholar not only unearthing many of his recipes from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts but also a poet and philosopher who draws his inspiration from the idyllic frescoes of Etruscan tombs.
A. not only unearthing many of his recipes from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts but also a poet and philosopher who draws
B. unearthing many of his recipes both from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, as well as a poet and a philosopher who draws
C. who unearths many of his recipes from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, as well as a poet and a philosopher who draws
D. who unearths many of his recipes from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, but also a poet and a philosopher drawing
E. unearths many of his recipes from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, a poet and philosopher drawing

I do not have OA For this.

I went with C.


A. not only unearthing many of his recipes from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts but also a poet and philosopher who draws
B. unearthing many of his recipes both from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, as well as a poet and a philosopher who draws
C. who unearths many of his recipes from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, as well as a poet and a philosopher who draws
D. who unearths many of his recipes from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, but also a poet and a philosopher drawing
E. unearths many of his recipes from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, a poet and philosopher drawing

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Is B also wrong because of the construction : noun + verbing

'scholar+unearthing'
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Is B also wrong because of the construction : noun + verbing

'scholar+unearthing'


Hi Sachin,

Choice B reads - unearthing many of his recipes both from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, as well as a poet and a philosopher who draws

This construction violates teh parallelism in the sentence. The senetnce says Giuseppe Alessi is a scholar and also a poet and philisopher. Then the sentence presents additonal information about Alessi as a scholar and a s a poet and philosopher. The entities in the parallel are "an accomplished scholar unearthing..." and "a poet and a philosopher who draws...". Verb-ing modifier phrase "unerathing..." is not grammatically parallel to relative pronoun clause "who draws...". This choice would be correct if "who draws..." were "drawing...".

Choice C corrects the parallelism by making both the entities relative pronoun clauses.

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Is B also wrong because of the construction : noun + verbing

'scholar+unearthing'


Hi Sachin,

Choice B reads - unearthing many of his recipes both from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, as well as a poet and a philosopher who draws

This construction violates teh parallelism in the sentence. The senetnce says Giuseppe Alessi is a scholar and also a poet and philisopher. Then the sentence presents additonal information about Alessi as a scholar and a s a poet and philosopher. The entities in the parallel are "an accomplished scholar unearthing..." and "a poet and a philosopher who draws...". Verb-ing modifier phrase "unerathing..." is not grammatically parallel to relative pronoun clause "who draws...". This choice would be correct if "who draws..." were "drawing...".

Choice C corrects the parallelism by making both the entities relative pronoun clauses.

Hope this helps. :-)
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Thanks for responding. :) My question specifically is about the construction: noun+verbing.. Is it right? comma + verb-ing should either act as a modifier or verbing should be used to describe the present continuous tense IMHO.

Giuseppe Alessi is an accomplished scholar unearthing many of his recipes both from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts.

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My question specifically is about the construction: noun+verbing.. Is it right? comma + verb-ing should either act as a modifier or verbing should be used to describe the present continuous tense IMHO.

Giuseppe Alessi is an accomplished scholar unearthing many of his recipes both from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts.

Is the above sentence grammatically correct? Kindly clarify.


Hi Sachin,

When verb-ing modifier is preceded by a comma, then it modifies the preceding clause and takes the tense of the verb of the modified clause. When verb-ing modifier is used without a comma, then it modifies the preceding noun. This is a valid construction.

In this official sentence, "unearthing..." modifes "scholar".

You can refer to this article for uasge of Verb-ings modifiers:
usage-of-verb-ing-modifiers-135220.html
verb-ing-modifiers-part-2-in-our-first-article-on-verb-ing-135567.html

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Giuseppe Alessi, a world-class chef whose life has been a search for the genuine and the delicious in Florentine cooking, is an accomplished scholar not only unearthing many of his recipes from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts but also a poet and philosopher who draws his inspiration from the idyllic frescoes of Etruscan tombs.


INCORRECT PORTIONS HIGHLIGHTED....

A. not only unearthing many of his recipes from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts but also a poet and philosopher who draws
B. unearthing many of his recipes both from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, as well as a poet and a philosopherwho draws
C. who unearths many of his recipes from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, as well as a poet and a philosopher who draws....CORRECT
D. who unearths many of his recipes from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, but also a poet and a philosopher drawing
E. unearths many of his recipes from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts,a poet and philosopher drawing
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Giuseppe Alessi, a world-class chef whose life has been a search for the genuine and the delicious in Florentine cooking, is an accomplished scholar not only unearthing many of his recipes from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts but also a poet and philosopher who draws his inspiration from the idyllic frescoes of Etruscan tombs.
A. not only unearthing many of his recipes from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts but also a poet and philosopher who draws
B. unearthing many of his recipes both from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, as well as a poet and a philosopher who draws
C. who unearths many of his recipes from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, as well as a poet and a philosopher who draws
D. who unearths many of his recipes from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, but also a poet and a philosopher drawing
E. unearths many of his recipes from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, a poet and philosopher drawing


OA is C

Meaning of the sentence- GA is a chef, an accomplished scholar, a poet and a philosopher. He has spent his life searching for the genuine and the delicious in florentine cooking. He is an accomplished scholar because he unearthed many of his recipes from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, and he is a poet and philosopher who draws his inspiration from.....

Few things to notice before we jump to solve the question-
1) Sentence is in present (perfect) tense (is and has forms of verbs are used)
2) It might be testing idiom- Not only but also
3) It might be testing our understanding on Verb-ing or gerund

Now lets look at the answer choices:-

A. not only unearthing (Verb after Not only) many of his recipes from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts but also a poet and philosopher (Noun after but also) who draws. Wrong usage of idiom
B. unearthing (Modifies Scholar) many of his recipes both from medieval and (From is missing- idiom should be both X and Y) Renaissance manuscripts, as well as (not required- List could be a scholar, a poet and a philosopher) a poet and a philosopher who draws ('Who draws' is not parallel to 'unearthing')
C. who unearths many of his recipes from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, as well as a poet and a philosopher who draws best choice among all
D. who unearths many of his recipes from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, but also ( Where is 'not only' ??) a poet and a philosopher drawing (modifies closest noun i.e philosopher. We need something that modifies both 'a poet' and 'a philosopher')
E. unearths (GA is an accomplished scholar unearths many - doesn't make sense even to my non native ears :) ) many of his recipes from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, a poet and philosopher drawing (modifies closest noun i.e philosopher. We need something that modifies both 'a poet' and 'a philosopher')

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If you skip all the crap after Alessi, it becomes apparent that you need scholar who. With the remaining choices, D is introducing contrast where it isn't intended. C is parallel a scholar a poet, and also captures the intended meaning.

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Giuseppe Alessi, a world-class chef whose life has been a search for the genuine and the delicious in Florentine cooking, is an accomplished scholar not only unearthing many of his recipes from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts but also a poet and philosopher who draws his inspiration from the idyllic frescoes of Etruscan tombs.
A. not only unearthing many of his recipes from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts but also a poet and philosopher who draws
B. unearthing many of his recipes both from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, as well as a poet and a philosopher who draws
C. who unearths many of his recipes from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, as well as a poet and a philosopher who draws
D. who unearths many of his recipes from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, but also a poet and a philosopher drawing
E. who unearths many of his recipes from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, a poet and philosopher drawing

Only C on parallelism
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