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

A. Not only did the systematic clearing of forests in the United States create farmland (especially in the Northeast) and gave consumers relatively inexpensive houses and furniture, but it also
B. Not only did the systematic clearing of forests 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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Hi uledssul

I'll start by saying I'm rubbish at SC, but in this instance I did get the question right. So what follows is my thoughts, hopefully you'll find them useful:

a) create and gave are not parallel, should be created and gave or create and give
b) the modifier incorrectly modifies farmland. It's not the farmland which is giving the furniture, but the wood from the cleared forests
c) Violates the Not only X, but also Y idiom. It's also an illogical comparison because it compares erosion to nothing
d) Correct
e) Violates the Not only x, but also Y idiom. Giving inexpensive furniture also modifies farmland, as in (b).

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09 Aug 2012, 05:28
The NOT ONLY ... BUT ALSO idiom does not apply to this sentence since they only apply to similar elements. Creating family farmland is good, bug causing erosion is the negative side effect.

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09 Aug 2012, 05:40
I'd argue both are still similar elements, because they are both the effects of clearing forests. Similar = having common properties, but different.

I've not heard of the similar rule for NOT ONLY....BUT ALSO rule. Can you elaborate?
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Not sure why this was marked as a tough SC.

I think this SC is straight farword parallelism question.
One of the verb out the three parallel verbs is 'caused' which is in past tense, so to maintain prallelism we need the other two verbs as past tense.
Option D is the only option which has the two verbs created and gave in past tense
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I'd argue both are still similar elements, because they are both the effects of clearing forests. Similar = having common properties, but different.

I've not heard of the similar rule for NOT ONLY....BUT ALSO rule. Can you elaborate?

NOT ONLY... BUT ALSO sentences are typically used to talk about two different things which run in parallel. In this case, I'd agree with Ashish above and note that farmland = good, erosion = bad; they might both result from the clearing of forests, but they don't run in parallel directions, and should therefore not be spliced together with a NOT ONLY... BUT ALSO conjunction.
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Thanks for the above DonQuixoie, +1 for you.
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07 Oct 2013, 17:03
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Not only did the systematic clearing of forests in the United States create farmland (especially in the Northeast) and gave consumers relatively inexpensive houses and furniture, but it also caused erosion and very quickly deforested whole regions.

A. Not only did the systematic clearing of forests in the United States create farmland (especially in the Northeast) and gave consumers relatively inexpensive houses and furniture, but it also
B. Not only did the systematic clearing of forests 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

I came across the above question from the different website. It seems that OA is (D) <- hidden colored text

I was thinking between D and E, and I couldn't find the good reason to choose either ones.

The OA can't be D. It is definetely (B) the idiom is not only but also.
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uledssul wrote:
Not only did the systematic clearing of forests in the United States create farmland (especially in the Northeast) and gave consumers relatively inexpensive houses and furniture, but it also caused erosion and very quickly deforested whole regions.

A. Not only did the systematic clearing of forests in the United States create farmland (especially in the Northeast) and gave consumers relatively inexpensive houses and furniture, but it also
B. Not only did the systematic clearing of forests 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

I came across the above question from the different website. It seems that OA is (D) <- hidden colored text

I was thinking between D and E, and I couldn't find the good reason to choose either ones.

The OA can't be D. It is definetely (B) the idiom is not only but also.
Thanks mate

Although the idiom not only..but also is tested in gmat quite often for its correct usage, in this particular case the idiom is not test as such.
The subject is the systematic clearing of forests which is singular so the verb create is incorrect in A, and B. Also, it is not parallel to the verb "caused" as seen in options A, B, and C. E is wrong because creating farms does not result in giving inexpensive furniture
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17 Aug 2015, 03:52
Hi,

Since we are using "but it also" in option D we need something that adds on to the already existing clause. Having said that we see an element of contrast.

Creating farmland and giving houses is considered beneficial while soil erosion is considered the downside.

Hence the contextual usage of "but it also" is wrong IMO.

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