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# Not only did Christopher Columbus refuse to accept the

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Not only did Christopher Columbus refuse to accept the conventional wisdom that the earth was flat, he also pressed relentlessly for royal support for his westward voyage to Asia, finally receiving approval and financing from King Ferdinand of Spain in 1492 after several rejections.

a) Not only did Christopher Columbus refuse to accept the conventional wisdom that the earth was flat, he also pressed relentlessly for royal support for his westward voyage to Asia, finally receiving

b) Not only did Christopher Columbus refuse to accept the conventional wisdom that the earth was flat, also pressing relentlessly for royal support for his westward voyage to Asia; he finally received

C) Christopher Columbus not only refused to accept the conventional wisdom that the earth was flat, but he pressed relentlessly for royal support for his westward voyage to Asia, and finally receiving

d)Christopher Columbus not only refused to accept the conventional wisdom that the earth was flat but pressed relentlessly for royal support for his westward voyage to Asia, finally receiving

e) Not only refusing to accept the conventional wisdom that the earth was flat but pressing relentlessly for royal support for his westward voyage to Asia, Christopher Columbus, finally receiving
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13 Oct 2010, 23:11
a) Not only did Christopher Columbus refuse to accept the conventional wisdom that the earth was flat, he also pressed relentlessly for royal support for his westward voyage to Asia, finally receiving - misses the contrast conjunction but after flat and makes the sentence a run-on

b) Not only did Christopher Columbus refuse to accept the conventional wisdom that the earth was flat, also pressing relentlessly for royal support for his westward voyage to Asia; he finally received - misses the contrast conjunction but

C) Christopher Columbus not only refused to accept the conventional wisdom that the earth was flat, but he pressed relentlessly for royal support for his westward voyage to Asia, and finally receiving - conjunction and is wrong usage, making the sentence non-parallel

d)Christopher Columbus not only refused to accept the conventional wisdom that the earth was flat but pressed relentlessly for royal support for his westward voyage to Asia, finally receiving

correct version using but and dropping the and after Asia

e) Not only refusing to accept the conventional wisdom that the earth was flat but pressing relentlessly for royal support for his westward voyage to Asia, Christopher Columbus, finally receiving

This sentence is a fragment just using some participles with out a proper verb for the subject Columbus

D is the choice
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13 Oct 2010, 23:41
C appears to be the best answer. Whats the OA on this one?
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Not only did Christopher Columbus refuse to accept the conventional wisdom that the earth was flat, he also pressed relentlessly for royal support for his westward voyage to Asia, finally receiving approval and financing from King Ferdinand of Spain in 1492 after several rejections.

a) Not only did Christopher Columbus refuse to accept the conventional wisdom that the earth was flat, he also pressed relentlessly for royal support for his westward voyage to Asia, finally receiving
'not only..also (no but)...' Incorrect idiom...
b) Not only did Christopher Columbus refuse to accept the conventional wisdom that the earth was flat, also pressing relentlessly for royal support for his westward voyage to Asia; he finally received
Same as A.
C) Christopher Columbus not only refused to accept the conventional wisdom that the earth was flat, but he pressed relentlessly for royal support for his westward voyage to Asia, and finally receiving
Two errors here ... first one same as A/B (not only...also)
Second one:

The second part of the sentence introduces an independent clause (thanks to COMMA AND)...but the independent clause has no verb...

d)Christopher Columbus not only refused to accept the conventional wisdom that the earth was flat but pressed relentlessly for royal support for his westward voyage to Asia, finally receiving
'not only...but'....correct idiom... clauses correctly formed...

e) Not only refusing to accept the conventional wisdom that the earth was flat but pressing relentlessly for royal support for his westward voyage to Asia, Christopher Columbus, finally receiving
This clause has no verb

"Not only...but" is the idiom used in this case...
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16 Oct 2010, 00:15
I went for a wrong choice!
I was expecting both BUT & ALSO
good question. +1
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20 Oct 2010, 08:40
I struggled with this one on the MGMAT practice test and still don't like the answer. Isn't D a run-on?
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20 Oct 2010, 08:45
No D is not a run on; neither a punctuation nor a conjunction is missing.
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21 Oct 2010, 00:27
good question.. i studied that not only ... but is also a correct usage... and today i witnessed it..
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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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