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# In 1926, in her second attempt to swim across the English

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In 1926, in her second attempt to swim across the English Channel, Gertrude Ederle not only crossed the Channel against currents that forced her to swim thirty-five miles instead of the minimal twenty-one, but she set a record for speed as well, by swimming the distance in almost two hours faster than anyone had yet done.

A. but she set a record for speed as well, by swimming the distance in almost two hours faster than anyone bad yet done.
B. but also set a record for speed, swimming the distance almost two hours faster than anyone had yet done.
C. but also swam the distance in almost two hours faster than anyone had yet done, and setting a record for speed.
D. but also setting a record for speed by swimming the distance in almost two hours faster than anyone had yet done
E. but, swimming the distance almost two hours faster than anyone had yet done, she also set a record for speed.
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21 Oct 2006, 15:42
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My vote for B.
not only crossed... but also swam (in C, has swimming which is not ll).

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21 Oct 2006, 19:33
B C or D.
B: Not only crossed the channel ... but also set a record...
D: Not only crossed the channel ... but also SETTING a record.
C: Not only crossed the channel .. but also swam ... (NOPE).

B to me is a better choice.
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22 Oct 2006, 00:57
Yes B....

Not only crossed.......but also set.......
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22 Oct 2006, 22:28
Caught between B and C - chose B for simplicity ....
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24 Oct 2006, 14:10
Not only..crossed(Past Tense Verb)..But also set (Past Tense Verb)
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Tip: always try to keep but + also as close together as possible. This is GMAT style.
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One imp thing please don't cross options containing not only...but
always check for parallelism

NOT ONLY X...BUT Y is also correct

one gmat prep question:

By pressing a tiny amount of nitrogen between two diamonds to a pressure of 25 milliion pounds per square inch, scientists not only were able to transform the gas into a solid, but they also created a semiconductor similar to silicon

A. not only were able to transform the gas into a solid, but they also created
B. not only were able to transform the gas into a solid but also creating
C. were able not only to transform the gas into a solid but to create
D. were able not only to transform the gas into a solid but also creating
E. were able not only to transform the gas into a solid but they were also able to create

the correct answer is c, the only choice that features proper parallelism.

Similarly :
In 1926, in her second attempt to swim across the English Channel, Gertrude Ederle not only
crossed the Channel against currents that forced her to swim thirty-five miles instead of the
minimal twenty-one, but she set a record for speed as well, by swimming the distance in almost
two hours faster than anyone had yet done.

A. but she set a record for speed as well, by swimming the distance in almost two hours faster than
anyone had yet done.

B. but also set a record for speed, swimming the distance almost two hours faster than anyone had
yet done. ->correct parallelism not only crossed but also set
C. but also swam the distance in almost two hours faster than anyone had yet done, and setting a
record for speed.
D. but also setting a record for speed by swimming the distance in almost two hours faster than
anyone had yet done.
E. but, swimming the distance almost two hours faster than anyone had yet done, she also set a
record for speed.
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GMAT PREFERENCE is what I call.

gmat prefer "consider x y" to "consider x as y" but there is gmatprep question in which "consider x as y" is in oa.

gmat prefers "not only, but also" but "not only ,but" can be in oa in a gmatprep question.

gmat prefer verbless phrase stands before main verb. but this phrase standing behind the main verb is in oa.

gmat prefer clear pronoun, but ambiguous pronoun appears in oa.

all above thing appears in og and gmatprep question. this phenominon I call GMAT PREFERENCE.

is my thinking correct?
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12 Sep 2014, 23:02
One more error with C - The answer choice uses "IN"

but also swam the distance in almost two hours faster than

You must not use "In" here... and hence eliminate the answer choice <Explanation source: GMAT prep>

BukrsGmat wrote:
One imp thing please don't cross options containing not only...but
always check for parallelism

NOT ONLY X...BUT Y is also correct

one gmat prep question:

By pressing a tiny amount of nitrogen between two diamonds to a pressure of 25 milliion pounds per square inch, scientists not only were able to transform the gas into a solid, but they also created a semiconductor similar to silicon

A. not only were able to transform the gas into a solid, but they also created
B. not only were able to transform the gas into a solid but also creating
C. were able not only to transform the gas into a solid but to create
D. were able not only to transform the gas into a solid but also creating
E. were able not only to transform the gas into a solid but they were also able to create

the correct answer is c, the only choice that features proper parallelism.

Similarly :
In 1926, in her second attempt to swim across the English Channel, Gertrude Ederle not only
crossed the Channel against currents that forced her to swim thirty-five miles instead of the
minimal twenty-one, but she set a record for speed as well, by swimming the distance in almost
two hours faster than anyone had yet done.

A. but she set a record for speed as well, by swimming the distance in almost two hours faster than
anyone had yet done.

B. but also set a record for speed, swimming the distance almost two hours faster than anyone had
yet done. ->correct parallelism not only crossed but also set
C. but also swam the distance in almost two hours faster than anyone had yet done, and setting a
record for speed.
D. but also setting a record for speed by swimming the distance in almost two hours faster than
anyone had yet done.
E. but, swimming the distance almost two hours faster than anyone had yet done, she also set a
record for speed.
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02 Jul 2015, 07:08
Allen760 wrote:
In 1926, in her second attempt to swim across the English Channel, Gertrude Ederle not only crossed the Channel against currents that forced her to swim thirty-five miles instead of the minimal twenty-one, but she set a record for speed as well, by swimming the distance in almost two hours faster than anyone had yet done.

A. but she set a record for speed as well, by swimming the distance in almost two hours faster than anyone bad yet done.
B. but also set a record for speed, swimming the dista-nce almost two hours faster than anyone had yet done.
C. but also swam the distance in almost two hours faster th-an anyone had yet done, and setting a record for speed.
D. but also setting a record for speed by swimming the distance in almost two hours faster than anyone had yet done
E. but, swimming the distance almost two hours faster than anyone had yet done, she also set a record for speed.

can anybody explain why this is wrong "swam the distance in almost two hours"
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Allen760 wrote:
In 1926, in her second attempt to swim across the English Channel, Gertrude Ederle not only crossed the Channel against currents that forced her to swim thirty-five miles instead of the minimal twenty-one, but she set a record for speed as well, by swimming the distance in almost two hours faster than anyone had yet done.

A. but she set a record for speed as well, by swimming the distance in almost two hours faster than anyone bad yet done.
B. but also set a record for speed, swimming the dista-nce almost two hours faster than anyone had yet done.
C. but also swam the distance in almost two hours faster th-an anyone had yet done, and setting a record for speed.
D. but also setting a record for speed by swimming the distance in almost two hours faster than anyone had yet done
E. but, swimming the distance almost two hours faster than anyone had yet done, she also set a record for speed.

can anybody explain why this is wrong "swam the distance in almost two hours"

I think it is about usage and meaning.

....but also swam the distance in almost two hours .. such usage has a limiting effect ; meaning that the sentence/clause seems complete and we do not expect any comparison to follow.

but when we say .... but she swam the distance in almost two hours ..... some new info. OR comparison is expected to follow otherwise the clause will be incomplete

She swam the distance in almost two hours --- this clause is correct wrt grammar and meaning BUT is not correct when we want to add comparison.

Also C has other errors.

I do not mind Kudos...
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02 Jul 2016, 07:29
Hello,

The explanation given for choice A in the gmat prep software is that 'not only' followed by a past tense verb anticipates a 'but also' followed by a past tense verb.

Can anyone please comment on the explanation?

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02 Jul 2016, 21:32
AkashKashyap wrote:
Hello,

The explanation given for choice A in the gmat prep software is that 'not only' followed by a past tense verb anticipates a 'but also' followed by a past tense verb.

Can anyone please comment on the explanation?

Thanks
AK

There are two things the explanation is pointing at:

1. "Not only" should be followed by "but also".
2. In this prticular case "not only" followed by past tense requires that "but also" be followed by past tense, since both these parts are covered by "in 1926".

In my childhood, I not only played football, but also learnt piano. (the phrase " in my childhood" makes it mandataory to use past in both "not only..." and " bt also..."
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