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# Not only did Christopher Columbus refuse to accept the conventional wi

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02 Nov 2010, 04:08
I chose C. Why C is wrong here? Thanks!
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02 Nov 2010, 13:55
What's wrong with A?
I have seen some OA that uses the idiom Not only X but THEY also Y.

Thanks.

TommyWallach wrote:
Hey All,

I see you complaining about the MGMAT guidelines. How dare you! : )

But seriously, this is NOT a definite idiom. You do NOT have to say "but also" when you say "not only". If you had it correct, it would have been preferable to this, but it's not a hard and fast rule. In fact, GMATPrep (the test that GMAT gives out) has featured a question that uses this variation on the idiom, which is how we KNOW it is not hard and fast:

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, which uses "not only...but". This is another legit way to phrase it as is:

Not only X, but Y, too.

Not only do I want X, but so does Y.

Hope that helps!

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16 Nov 2010, 07:15
noboru wrote:
What's wrong with A?
I have seen some OA that uses the idiom Not only X but THEY also Y.

Thanks.

TommyWallach wrote:
Hey All,

I see you complaining about the MGMAT guidelines. How dare you! : )

But seriously, this is NOT a definite idiom. You do NOT have to say "but also" when you say "not only". If you had it correct, it would have been preferable to this, but it's not a hard and fast rule. In fact, GMATPrep (the test that GMAT gives out) has featured a question that uses this variation on the idiom, which is how we KNOW it is not hard and fast:

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, which uses "not only...but". This is another legit way to phrase it as is:

Not only X, but Y, too.

Not only do I want X, but so does Y.

Hope that helps!

-t

llsm is broken transform/created
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17 Nov 2010, 13:42
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noboru wrote:
What's wrong with A?
I have seen some OA that uses the idiom Not only X but THEY also Y.

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llsm is broken transform/created

Dont agree with that.

The || in A is OK: were || created.

Thoughts on that?
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10 Jan 2011, 23:52
TommyWallach wrote:
Hey All,

I see you complaining about the MGMAT guidelines. How dare you! : )

But seriously, this is NOT a definite idiom. You do NOT have to say "but also" when you say "not only". If you had it correct, it would have been preferable to this, but it's not a hard and fast rule. In fact, GMATPrep (the test that GMAT gives out) has featured a question that uses this variation on the idiom, which is how we KNOW it is not hard and fast:

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, which uses "not only...but". This is another legit way to phrase it as is:

Not only X, but Y, too.

Not only do I want X, but so does Y.

Hope that helps!

-t

Hey thanks...for this..
I always thought but also has to follow after not only....
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12 Jan 2011, 21:47
I chose D.
Even i have seen many cases where we use not only but...
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20 Dec 2015, 19:56
the correct forms of the idioms:
not only X but also Y
not only X but Y
X and Y should be parallel. only answer choice D maintains the parallelism.
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24 Feb 2016, 23:59
Hey all,

Clearly the answer choices can be shortlisted to Option A & Option D. There is one subtle mistake in option A. Look at the two verbs : 'Refuse' & 'Pressed'. The tenses differ and breaks the parallelism and changes the meaning of the sentence.
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02 Mar 2017, 13:52
TommyWallach wrote:
Hey All,

I see you complaining about the MGMAT guidelines. How dare you! : )

But seriously, this is NOT a definite idiom. You do NOT have to say "but also" when you say "not only". If you had it correct, it would have been preferable to this, but it's not a hard and fast rule. In fact, GMATPrep (the test that GMAT gives out) has featured a question that uses this variation on the idiom, which is how we KNOW it is not hard and fast:

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, which uses "not only...but". This is another legit way to phrase it as is:

Not only X, but Y, too.

Not only do I want X, but so does Y.

Hope that helps!

-t

Hi Tommy,

quick question: I know that when we use "not only X ... but also Y" that X and Y must amplify each other. When we have "not X ... but Y" then X and Y show contrast. So the case on hand.. Should it amplify or show contrast ?
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02 Mar 2017, 13:58
Hi daagh

could you help me out on this one ?
I narrowed the Answer Choices down to A and D. I wonder if A is wrong because it is a run one. Am I correct to say that ?

Hope to hear from you!
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12 Mar 2017, 07:29
asdfghjklasdfghj wrote:
Hi daagh

could you help me out on this one ?
I narrowed the Answer Choices down to A and D. I wonder if A is wrong because it is a run one. Am I correct to say that ?

Hope to hear from you!

here are the three correct forms:

1. Not only..
2. Not only.. but
3. Not only.. but also.

In A, we have the form Not only.. Also, which is incorrect. Hence, A is incorrect.
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17 Mar 2017, 08:00
Till now I thought SC questions should be answered within 1 min 10 sec this one took me 1 min 47 seconds.
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23 Oct 2018, 00:45
All people in this answer have blindly rejected the answer choice based on idiom - "not only, but also"
What about the below sentence which has been marked correct by OG:

As criminal activity on the Internet becomes more and more sophisticated, not only are thieves able to divert cash from company bank accounts, they can also pilfer valuable information such as business development strategies, new product specifications, and contract bidding plans, and sell the data to competitors.

There is no 'but'. Hence, a sentence can't be rejected plainly because of idiom. That's why people choose the wrong choice in actual test by rejecting an answer choice based on idiom.

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14 Mar 2019, 01:27
shekharvineet wrote:
C appears to be the best answer. Whats the OA on this one?

not only, but ....is a correct form......however C has not only able but he pressed.....incorrect....... usage of and is also wrong
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