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# Not only /but also and Not only/but

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07 Oct 2006, 10:01
Can anybody explain the difference between the correlative conjunctions Not only/ but also and not only/ but?

I see that "not only / but" type is commonly used on articles from magazines such as " the economist", BWk, etc. Check this extract from the economist :
On a SC question, how I could pinpoint which "type" should be used?

Another corporate disaster, Long-Term Capital Management, was even more talent-heavy than Enron,boasting not only MBAs but Nobel prizewinners among its staff. But despite all this talent, the companies still succumbed to greed and mismanagement.
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07 Oct 2006, 16:40
AFAIK not only..... but also..... is pretty much the standard choice in GMAT. Have you found a question that has not only.... but.... as the correct answer? Would be interested to see it if you have.
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07 Oct 2006, 16:59
Have looked this up in Chicago manual of style, can't find an explicit rule, but these are the examples it uses:

They were armed not only with petitions but also with evidence.

The judge dismissed not only the parking ticket cases but several others as well.

this site says drop the also to put more empahsis on the first term:

http://www.bartleby.com/64/C002/005.html
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07 Oct 2006, 20:53
londonluddite wrote:
Have looked this up in Chicago manual of style, can't find an explicit rule, but these are the examples it uses:

They were armed not only with petitions but also with evidence.

The judge dismissed not only the parking ticket cases but several others as well.

this site says drop the also to put more empahsis on the first term:

http://www.bartleby.com/64/C002/005.html

Good work luddite. I had assumed that "also" could be omitted as an ellipses, but after reading your explanation I am convinced otherwise.
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07 Oct 2006, 21:32
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07 Oct 2006, 21:48
In any case, "not only....but also" only will be correct in GMAT
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08 Oct 2006, 03:51

In fact, I've never seen a SC Q with "not only ..but" type, however if you go to CR on OGuide11 Q108 page 499, you'll see a sentence using this structure:
" not only will surgery and recovery time be reduced, but custome replacements should last longer..."
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08 Oct 2006, 11:11
Anything other than 'not only...but also' would be a black swan if you saw it on the real deal...I would think
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08 Oct 2006, 20:36
I have never come across not only...but as a right answer in my studies.

What does "black swan" mean...rare?
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05 Nov 2006, 07:25
Guys just to revive this one...

Take a look on this example and tell me the correct answer
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06 Nov 2006, 10:43
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Guys just to revive this one...

Take a look on this example and tell me the correct answer

A is the answer
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