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In the 1950s, Mortimer Wheeler brought archaeology to the masses as he not only published several popular books, but also hosted television programs such as "Buried Treasure," for which he was named Britain's television personality of the year in 1954.

(A) not only published several popular books, but also hosted television programs such as "Buried Treasure," for which he was
(B) not only published several popular books, but also he hosted television programs such as "Buried Treasure," for which he was
(C) did not only publish several popular books, but also was the host of television programs such as "Buried Treasure," for that he was
(D) published not only several popular books, but also hosting television programs such as "Buried Treasure," for which he was
(E) did not only publish several popular books, but also in hosting television programs such as "Buried Treasure," was

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As written, the sentence properly uses the idiom "not only...but also." The other four choices do so as well, so we'll need to look more carefully. A comparison such as this one requires that the items compared be parallel. In the original sentence, the words following "not only" and "but also" are "published" and "hosted," verbs of the same form.

Choice (B) places the word "he" before "hosted." "Published" and "he hosted" are not parallel. (C) changes "hosted" to "was the host," which is not parallel with "publish." Also, because the final clause of the sentence is background (it doesn't define Wheeler), "which" is correct and "that" is not.

Choice (D) is incorrect because it places "published" before "not only." This construction suggests that what follows both the "not only" and the "but also" are things he published, which does not turn out to be the case. Finally (E) is not parallel: note "publish" and "hosting." Choice (A) is correct.

I still cannot understand why he considered C wrong . Was and published are not parallel verbs?

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(A) not only published several popular books, but also hosted television programs such as "Buried Treasure," for which he was
CORRECT
(B) not only published several popular books, but also he hosted television programs such as "Buried Treasure," for which he was
"not only (...) but aslo" is used correctly, but "he" is not necessary
(C) did not only publish several popular books, but also was the host of television programs such as "Buried Treasure," for that he was
the first action is active: "he published" . The second action is passive: "was the host". Not parallel
(D) published not only several popular books, but also hosting television programs such as "Buried Treasure," for which he was
"hosting" is wrong
(E) did not only publish several popular books, but also in hosting television programs such as "Buried Treasure," was
"did not only publish" is wordy, "in hosting" is unidiomatic
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(C) did not only publish several popular books, but also was the host of television programs such as "Buried Treasure," for that he was

The main issue with C is the improper use of "for that", which leads to ambiguity (it can refer to "Buried treasure", it can refer to "being the host of television programs" ...)

In this situation, we must use "for which he was" because it clearly refers to "Buried Treasure" [the last word before the comma] according to the intended meaning of the original sentence.

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In the 1950s, Mortimer Wheeler brought archaeology to the masses as he not only published several popular books, but also hosted television programs such as "Buried Treasure," for which he was named Britain's television personality of the year in 1954.

(A) not only published several popular books, but also hosted television programs such as "Buried Treasure," for which he was
CORRECT
(B) not only published several popular books, but also he hosted television programs such as "Buried Treasure," for which he was
This is good, but "he" is not necessary.
(C) did not only publish several popular books, but also was the host of television programs such as "Buried Treasure," for that he was
The main problem here is "was the host", the passive is clearly incorrect: "he hosted the show", not "he was the host of the show"
The right construct is "not only X but also Y", the first part as you see in not idiomatic
(D) published not only several popular books, but also hosting television programs such as "Buried Treasure," for which he was
"hosting" breaks the parallelism
(E) did not only publish several popular books, but also in hosting television programs such as "Buried Treasure," was
"in hosting" is wrong both logically (parallelism) and grammatically ( what is that "in"?") wrong. The part after the comma is clearly wrong: we need a connector

Let me know if this helps!
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This appears to be a GMAT Hack question of the day. The official explanation from the website is as follows:

Answer: A As written, the sentence properly uses the idiom "not only...but also." The other four choices do so as well, so we'll need to look more carefully. A comparison such as this one requires that the items compared be parallel. In the original sentence, the words following "not only" and "but also" are "published" and "hosted," verbs of the same form. Choice (B) places the word "he" before "hosted." "Published" and "he hosted" are not parallel. (C) changes "hosted" to "was the host," which is not parallel with "publish." Also, because the final clause of the sentence is background (it doesn't define Wheeler), "which" is correct and "that" is not. Choice (D) is incorrect because it places "published" before "not only." This construction suggests that what follows both the "not only" and the "but also" are things he published, which does not turn out to be the case. Finally (E) is not parallel: note "publish" and "hosting." Choice (A) is correct.

Hope it helps someone but it doesn't seem like anyone needs help with this idiom by the looks of the results.
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