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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 backing for his voyages, 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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I thought that not only - but also is right without exceptions.
Is there an official question with modified idiom?
Pls let me know
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA

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08 Aug 2010, 15:40
D for me. All other options are plain wrong. I think i have come across couple sentences where the structure was of "not only....but....."

However, option A in this question does not match with the original sentence leading to confusion.

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08 Aug 2010, 22:22
GMAT choice can't be so wrong as this one. I believe problem is in the original transcript. I got another one where every options looks wrong - D is the best of the worst.

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08 Aug 2010, 23:10
May I assume that if all answer choices are wrong, I have to choose the least wrong one?

the question is whther this is idiom may appear in GMAT or it is just a MGMAT's trick?

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08 Aug 2010, 23:23
Tailspin ! I don't know what should be done if GMAT answer itself breaks any idiom. Idioms are not suppose to be broken.
not only.....but ------> is still workable. D gets as far as this.
not only ...... (no but) ----> is unacceptable. ---> A completely breaks the idiom.

But breaking idioms is like breaking the rules of English. I could as well write dictionary of my own than follow Oxford then.

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As per the MGMAT SC guide..
1. Not only but also
2. Not only, but also
3. Not only, but..

All are acceptable..
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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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09 Aug 2010, 23:14
Thank you Tommy
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10 Aug 2010, 00:46
Tommy

In the example you gave - E is wrong because of repetition? Correct?

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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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10 Aug 2010, 01:03
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Tommy

In the example you gave - E is wrong because of repetition? Correct?

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no, in E " a solid but they were also" - but also is interrupted by they were , but the idiom must be solid.
Am I right Tommy?
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10 Aug 2010, 11:56
Yea. Not only this is Correct catch but approval from Tommy will be better.

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11 Aug 2010, 01:53
hi tommy ..

could u clear one thing
whenever we use inverse sentece starting with not only

not only..... but they(noun) also ......
or '
not only .... but also ....

which one is better ...... if we start the sentence with not only
I think we have to use they (noun ) in order to make things clear .

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27 Aug 2010, 11:40
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hi tommy ..

could u clear one thing
whenever we use inverse sentece starting with not only

not only..... but they(noun) also ......
or '
not only .... but also ....

which one is better ...... if we start the sentence with not only
I think we have to use they (noun ) in order to make things clear .

I would say that not only but they also is not correct, but lets wait until Tommy shed some light
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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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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
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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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No D is not a run on; neither a punctuation nor a conjunction is missing.
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