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I chose C. Why C is wrong here? Thanks!
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New post 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.

Please clarify.
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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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New post 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.

Please clarify.
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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noboru wrote:
What's wrong with A?
I have seen some OA that uses the idiom Not only X but THEY also Y.

Please clarify.
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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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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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Hey thanks...for this..
I always thought but also has to follow after not only....
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I chose D.
Even i have seen many cases where we use not only but...
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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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New post 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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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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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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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 ?

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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 ?

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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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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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