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Managing your irrigation system well and watering your grass wisely not only saves water, but helps to ensure the success of your lawn.

a. saves water, but helps to ensure the success of your lawn
b. saves water, but also help to ensure the success of your lawn
c. saves water, but the success of your lawn is more helpfully ensured
d. save water, but also help to ensure the success of your lawn
e. save water, but also the success of your lawn is more helpfully ensured
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04 Jul 2010, 15:19
Is D the answer. I would choose D because managing and watering need the plural verbs. Saves and Helps are not plural verbs but singular verbs.
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04 Jul 2010, 19:55
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Is D the answer. I would choose D because managing and watering need the plural verbs. Saves and Helps are not plural verbs but singular verbs.

"not only" but "also"...... : idiomatic usage
"saves", "helps" : parallelism
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05 Jul 2010, 00:31
yes, i would choose D as well...

not only...but also
plural subjects so save and help
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05 Jul 2010, 01:26
D for me as well ..explanation same as adalfu
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06 Jul 2010, 12:08
D 2 reasons

correct idiom not only X but Y
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06 Jul 2010, 13:10
what's the official answer? i pick D because the subject is plural and the verbs : save VS help...
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05 Oct 2010, 03:17
Came across this question in the free GMAT verbal test.
I can't understand exactly why it should be D and not B.
I get the claims of idiom but not the ones about parallelism here...

The sentence with "save" doesn't somehow read so well for me...Can someone please explain this?
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05 Oct 2010, 08:19
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Came across this question in the free GMAT verbal test.
I can't understand exactly why it should be D and not B.
I get the claims of idiom but not the ones about parallelism here...

The sentence with "save" doesn't somehow read so well for me...Can someone please explain this?

My Pick : D
Correct idiom usage,
E is awkward
You can also do a 3/2 split between saves/save and between idiom usage
not only...but/not only... but also

Managing your irrigation system well and watering your grass wisely not only saves water, but helps to ensure the success of your lawn.
1 issue with original sentence: incorrect idiom
Quote:
a. saves water, but helps to ensure the success of your lawn ---incorrect idiom
b. saves water, but also help to ensure the success of your lawn ---saves/help conflict
c. saves water, but the success of your lawn is more helpfully ensured ---incorrect idiom +weird
d. save water, but also help to ensure the success of your lawn
e. save water, but also the success of your lawn is more helpfully ensured ---correct idiom but obviously weird

Try reading the sentence this way:
Managing your irrigation system [strike]well and watering your grass wisely[/strike] not only saves water, but helps to ensure the success of your lawn.

Now read it with option D :
Managing your irrigation system [strike]well and watering your grass wisely[/strike] not only save water, but also help to ensure the success of your lawn

Now lets see with option B:
Managing your irrigation system well and watering your grass wisely not only saves water, but also help to ensure the success of your lawn
saves and help do not agree in verb (I don't know what word to use..... singular/plural clash)....I hope you are getting what I am trying to say,
it can either be saves/helps...or save/help, but any other choice option has incorrect idiom usage.
hope this helps,

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to this day I can't figure it out, I know I just did/offered OA but its annoying not to know what it stands for...aaarrrghhh!
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05 Oct 2010, 09:30
How is this not A??? "save water". No one writes like that in English. GMAC needs to get in touch with f***ing reality. I can understand the parallelism structure is off, but that's just not grammatically correct.
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05 Oct 2010, 09:35
Can someone explain this idiom to me? Thanks.
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06 Oct 2010, 11:43
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Can someone explain this idiom to me? Thanks.

Not only .... but also

Not only and but also go hand in hand in a sentence , this idiom helps in bringing || between two phrase/clause after not only and but also.

I have seen not only .. but also used without also too, still the sentence was gramatically correct.
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16 Feb 2012, 18:56
Managing your irrigation system well and watering your grass wisely not only saves water, but helps to ensure the success of your lawn.

• saves water, but helps to ensure the success of your lawn
• saves water, but also help to ensure the success of your lawn
• saves water, but the success of your lawn is more helpfully ensured
• save water, but also help to ensure the success of your lawn
• save water, but also the success of your lawn is more helpfully ensured
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17 Feb 2012, 04:54
The subject phrase here must be singular Managing your irrigation system well and watering your grass wisely ,but none of the option take it to be singular .The option D which is wrong takes it to be plural .
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17 Feb 2012, 14:11
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saikarthikreddy wrote:
The subject phrase here must be singular Managing your irrigation system well and watering your grass wisely ,but none of the option take it to be singular .The option D which is wrong takes it to be plural .

There are two subject phrases connected by and, hence the verb is plural. Option D seems to be the correct one.

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20 Feb 2012, 17:06
saikarthikreddy wrote:
The subject phrase here must be singular Managing your irrigation system well and watering your grass wisely ,but none of the option take it to be singular .The option D which is wrong takes it to be plural .

The key to identify a subject phrase as singular or plural based on how the individual nouns/items in the phrase are connected with rest of the sentence.

1) If separating them makes sense, then they have to be considered two different nouns and hence verb goes into plural

2) If separating them does not make sense, then the verb has to be singular
For e.g,.

--> My mentor and role model is my mother. (I am talking about my mother, but not mentor and role model. Logically I can say my mentor is my mother and my role model is my mother, but does it sound right? To emphasize a fact probably you can say my mentor is my mother and my role model also is my mother)

--> Burger and coke is my all time favorite lunch (burger and coke are independently two different items; but what i am talking about is the lunch not those individual items)

Coming to the question, we can separate those statements and they both are independently valid statements and hence we need to use plural verb.

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20 Feb 2012, 21:51
Couple of quick points:

(1) Not only...but also.... is the usual idiom, but not only...but.... has appeared in some correct answers on real GMATs. This is a good question, but I doubt it would quite pass muster as a real GMAT SC question.

(2) Although Chembeti makes an interesting point about standard usage, I'm not sure it's relevant to the GMAT. As far as I can recall, whenever and joins to nouns in a GMAT SC, it creates a plural compound noun.
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21 Feb 2012, 00:14
I think D is the correct answer. "Managing your irrigation system well and watering" should be followed by "save" rather than "Saves ".
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29 May 2013, 16:02
Managing your irrigation system well and watering your grass wisely not only saves water, but helps to ensure the success of your lawn.

A. saves water, but helps to ensure the success of your lawn.
B. saves water, but also help to ensure the success of your lawn
C. saves water, but the success of your lawn is more helpfully ensured
D. save water, but also help to ensure the success of your lawn
E. save water, but also the success of your lawn is more helpfully ensured

The answer here is just APPAULING!

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