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Not only did the systematic clearing of forest in the United States create farmland (especially in the Northeast) and gave consumers relatively inexpensive house and furniture, but it also caused erosion and very quickly deforested whole regions.

A. Not only did the systematic clearing of forest in the United States create farmland (especially in the Northeast) and gave consumers relatively inexpensive house and furniture, but it also
B. Not only did the systematic clearing of forest in the United States create farmland (especially in the Northeast), which gave consumers relatively inexpensive houses and furniture, but also
C. The systematic clearing of forests in the United States, creating farmland (especially in the Northeast) and giving consumers relatively inexpensive houses and furniture, but also
D. The systematic clearing of forests in the United States created farmland (especially in the Northeast) and gave consumers relatively inexpensive houses and furniture, but it also
E. The systematic clearing of forests in the United States not only created farmland (especially in the Northeast), giving consumers relatively inexpensive houses and furniture, but it

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20 Jul 2009, 15:35
B

The correct idiom is not only x but also y.
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28 Jul 2010, 05:13
The idiom is not only but also.
However, OA is D, which says not only but it also.
Could anybody explain that?
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According to my understanding, the following construcions are...

NOT ONLY X BUT ALSO Y: CORRECT
NOT ONLY X BUT IT/THEY ALSO Y: INCORRECT
NOT ONLY X BUT Y: CORRECT
X, BUT Y: CORRECT
X, BUT ALSO Y: CORRECT
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28 Jul 2010, 08:02
noboru wrote:
The idiom is not only but also.
However, OA is D, which says not only but it also.
Could anybody explain that?
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Hi Noboru ..

Just see the question from a different perspective ... Not only ...but also in question does not necessarily means that we need to correct thisidiom only ....
in my mind I flipped the sentence .. hence selected D ...
Note that D does not use any idiom.... So
I have removed the the idiom , my sentence is in Active poice ,, the two parts of my sentence are parallel....hene opted for D

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I read it on a forum somewhere..

Not only... But also ... is basically used when both the clauses have the same note i.e. either positive or negative..

Eg: Not only did he score well, but also he topped the exams.

However, in the above sentence, both the clauses are contrasting in the mood.. thus, D choice fits the mood perfectly..
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D for me.

The sentence is saying that 'systematic clearing of forests' had couple good effect but it had couple bad effects also.

good effects --> created farmland and gave inexpensive furniture and houses

But

bad effects --> caused erosion and deforested whole regions.

D. The systematic clearing of forests in the United States created farmland and gave consumers relatively inexpensive houses and furniture, but it also caused erosion and deforested whole regions.
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22 Nov 2010, 06:33
Starting to understand this.

Is For B, is "which" used incorrectly? i.e. relates to Farmland instead of the systemic.. and also "but also caused erosion" incorrect also?
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25 Jan 2012, 07:17

B looks good though...
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B looks good though...

It should be D

Not only , but also is used with two things that a parallel.

Here one is giving a positive effect and the second a negative , and hence this usage is not suitable.
Here it is illogical to use "not only, but also"

So A and B out
C is a fragment - Out
E - "giving consumers relatively inexpensive houses and furniture" - this is modifying the previous clause, which again is illogical - Out.

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Post by one of the manhattan gmat expert , RON , on option D , as to why is it right.

http://www.manhattangmat.com/forums/not ... t3129.html

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Here's the first look in what I wanted to test for: proper idiom (not only, but also), grammatical construction (complete sentence), misplaced modifier (gave/giving)

A. Not only did the systematic clearing of forest in the United States create farmland (especially in the Northeast) and gave consumers relatively inexpensive house and furniture, but it also Wrong - "create" should be past tense and parallel to "gave"; "but it also" is a red flag, but it seems grammatically correct.

B. Not only did the systematic clearing of forest in the United States create farmland (especially in the Northeast), which gave consumers relatively inexpensive houses and furniture, but also Wrong - "which gave" improperly modifies farmland; there should be no comma before "but also" because it shares the same subject.

C. The systematic clearing of forests in the United States, creating farmland (especially in the Northeast) and giving consumers relatively inexpensive houses and furniture, but also Wrong - The subject "the systematic" needs a verb; "but also" lacks a subject too.

D. The systematic clearing of forests in the United States created farmland (especially in the Northeast) and gave consumers relatively inexpensive houses and furniture, but it also Correct - "It" takes the "systematic clearing"; the verbs are parallel.

E. The systematic clearing of forests in the United States not only created farmland (especially in the Northeast), giving consumers relatively inexpensive houses and furniture, but it Wrong - lacks correct idiomatic expression (not only...but also); "it" doesn't have a proper referent, as the subject should already be implied

IMO D
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Not only did the systematic clearing of forest in the United States create farmland (especially in the Northeast) and gave consumers relatively inexpensive house and furniture, but it also caused erosion and very quickly deforested whole regions.

A. Not only did the systematic clearing of forest in the United States create farmland (especially in the Northeast) and gave consumers relatively inexpensive house and furniture, but it also
B. Not only did the systematic clearing of forest in the United States create farmland (especially in the Northeast), which gave consumers relatively inexpensive houses and furniture, but also
C. The systematic clearing of forests in the United States, creating farmland (especially in the Northeast) and giving consumers relatively inexpensive houses and furniture, but also
D. The systematic clearing of forests in the United States created farmland (especially in the Northeast) and gave consumers relatively inexpensive houses and furniture, but it also
E. The systematic clearing of forests in the United States not only created farmland (especially in the Northeast), giving consumers relatively inexpensive houses and furniture, but it

Meaning: The systematic clearing has done 2 +ve things (created farmland,gave consumers relatively inexpensive houses and furniture) and 2 -ve things (caused erosion,deforested whole regions).

Error analysis: in option A, the verb 'gave' should be 'give'. I am unable to identify any other errors in option A. I think any gmat question would have atleast 2 to 3 errors in it.

POE:
A. Not only did the systematic clearing of forest in the United States create farmland (especially in the Northeast) and gave consumers relatively inexpensive house and furniture, but it also (explained above)
B. Not only did the systematic clearing of forest in the United States create farmland (especially in the Northeast), which gave consumers relatively inexpensive houses and furniture, but also ("Not only...But also" should be used to compare 2 positive or 2 negative entities, its not the case here; 'which' is wrongly referring to farmland)
C. The systematic clearing of forests in the United States, creating farmland (especially in the Northeast) and giving consumers relatively inexpensive houses and furniture, but also (no verb here for the subject 'the systematic clearing')
D. The systematic clearing of forests in the United States created farmland (especially in the Northeast) and gave consumers relatively inexpensive houses and furniture, but it also (verbs are corrected here, both 'created' and 'gave' are in past tense, not only....but also construction is not here...correct choice)
E. The systematic clearing of forests in the United States not only created farmland (especially in the Northeast), giving consumers relatively inexpensive houses and furniture, but it (changes the meaning, 'creating farmland' and 'giving consumers cheap houses and furniture' are two different, independent effects so ,+verb-ing modifier usage is wrong here)

pls let me know if there are other issues with option A or any other choice
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It was a close one between B and D, but the error in B is the incorrect modifier. The use of "which" in B modifies farmlands and implies that they gave consumers cheap houses and furniture but that is not true, its the systematic clearing that provided all of these things. Although B uses the correct idiom "not only... but also", I do not think thats what is being tested here. Choice D correctly states that the systematic clearing created farmlands, cheap houses and furniture.
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Good sentence for practice because it not only traps us into false parallelism but also shows shows us the correct usage of the idiom.

Wondering,.... did I use the idiom correctly....
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Here's the first look in what I wanted to test for: proper idiom (not only, but also), grammatical construction (complete sentence), misplaced modifier (gave/giving)

A. Not only did the systematic clearing of forest in the United States create farmland (especially in the Northeast) and gave consumers relatively inexpensive house and furniture, but it also Wrong - "create" should be past tense and parallel to "gave"; "but it also" is a red flag, but it seems grammatically correct.

B. Not only did the systematic clearing of forest in the United States create farmland (especially in the Northeast), which gave consumers relatively inexpensive houses and furniture, but also Wrong - "which gave" improperly modifies farmland; there should be no comma before "but also" because it shares the same subject.

C. The systematic clearing of forests in the United States, creating farmland (especially in the Northeast) and giving consumers relatively inexpensive houses and furniture, but also Wrong - The subject "the systematic" needs a verb; "but also" lacks a subject too.

D. The systematic clearing of forests in the United States created farmland (especially in the Northeast) and gave consumers relatively inexpensive houses and furniture, but it also Correct - "It" takes the "systematic clearing"; the verbs are parallel.

E. The systematic clearing of forests in the United States not only created farmland (especially in the Northeast), giving consumers relatively inexpensive houses and furniture, but it Wrong - lacks correct idiomatic expression (not only...but also); "it" doesn't have a proper referent, as the subject should already be implied

IMO D

In explanation of B) you said "there should be no comma before "but also" because it shares the same subject.". Can you please explain more about this rule.
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Not only did the systematic clearing of forest in the United States create farmland (especially in the Northeast) and gave consumers relatively inexpensive house and furniture, but it also caused erosion and very quickly deforested whole regions.

A. Not only did the systematic clearing of forest in the United States create farmland (especially in the Northeast) and gave consumers relatively inexpensive house and furniture, but it also
B. Not only did the systematic clearing of forest in the United States create farmland (especially in the Northeast), which gave consumers relatively inexpensive houses and furniture, but also
C. The systematic clearing of forests in the United States, creating farmland (especially in the Northeast) and giving consumers relatively inexpensive houses and furniture, but also
D. The systematic clearing of forests in the United States created farmland (especially in the Northeast) and gave consumers relatively inexpensive houses and furniture, but it also
E. The systematic clearing of forests in the United States not only created farmland (especially in the Northeast), giving consumers relatively inexpensive houses and furniture, but it

If D is the answer, what is the precedent of "it"?
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Hey everyone,

This is a question in which if we blindly follow the standard rules, then the answer will be wrong. Have to understand the intended meaning.

Option C & E can be easily ruled out because of the violation of 'not only, but also' structure.

Option A & D, the 'it' has no proper antecedent.

Option C: Correct answer: 'The systematic clearing' was an advantageous process but it came with its own drawbacks.
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