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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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03 Aug 2005, 07:33
Answer choice: B--the only answer choice that correctly places not only/but also.

A,C, D, & E- incorrect use of some for of not only/but also
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03 Aug 2005, 14:58
I am going with A on this one, B does not sound correct, but thats only me....
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03 Aug 2005, 16:44
My choice is D,

I picked E earlier...

Completely missed D, This happens when I dont pay attention.

B does not have a subject. The subject is burried under not only clause...

Not only ... but (also) is the idiom but, also can be taken out without changing the meaning of the sentence.

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04 Aug 2005, 03:14
D for me.

A. Correct idiom but incorrect usage of verb (create and gave) - Wrong
B. Correct idiom but "which gave...." modifies farmland - Wrong
C. Wrong usage of verb - Wrong
D. Incorrect usage of verb
E - Same as B - Wrong
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04 Aug 2005, 03:35
Wow, this one is really tricky. The subject of "gave consumers relatively inexpensive houses and furniture" should systematic clearing of forest rather than farmland. Only D clearly shows this sentence structure.
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04 Aug 2005, 07:23
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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

D should be it.
Although Not only-But also is an idiomatic expression, no other choices other than D clearly show the cause(systematic clearing), and the result (giving inexpensive house and furniture).

B comes close, but the clause after which modifies farmland, but in fact what caused such is the systematic clearning, not farmland itself. Also, the but also clause lacks a subject.
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04 Aug 2005, 10:15
I really can't seem to agree with any of the answer choices.

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04 Aug 2005, 22:30
I'll pick A.

B. which is wrong
C. 'Not only' missing
D. same as C
E. missing 'also'

some of you found problems with A. Could anyone explain if 'not only, 'but it also' is considered wrong ?
04 Aug 2005, 22:30
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