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# Not only did the systematic clearing of forests in the

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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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21 May 2008, 07:50
E .. coz it uses the right tense and the right idiom
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21 May 2008, 15:44
I think D has the best verb tense and parallelism.
It is also not necessary for this sentence to use "not only".

I choose D.
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21 May 2008, 23:15
I went for B. Could spot only one error- use of "it". In my opinion the use was not required and created confusing antecedent. Please correct if my observation is wrong.
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22 May 2008, 01:58
systematic clearing and create have SV disagreement cannot go together thus it cannot be A,B.

Also But also does not necessarily require a Not also as a precedent, it is implicit in some statements like this thus I think D is the right one.
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22 May 2008, 03:14
ooh..different views...can we have OA..???
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22 May 2008, 05:34
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
caused erosion and very quickly deforested whole regions.

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
caused erosion and very quickly deforested whole regions.

B. 'which' changes the meaning now it is the 'farmland' not the 'systematic cleaning' that gave consumers relatively inexpensive houses and furniture. But then B does not use 'it' to confuse the matter.

E. Needs 'also' to make sense of 'Not only' used earlier.

Now, between A and D. Both I like though not the use of 'it' in them. I will pick D just because it is let verbose!
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22 May 2008, 05:38
prasannar wrote:
systematic clearing and create have SV disagreement cannot go together thus it cannot be A,B.

Also But also does not necessarily require a Not also as a precedent, it is implicit in some statements like this thus I think D is the right one.

there is a 'did' in A that takes care of the past tense so we are fine with using 'create'!
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22 May 2008, 06:23
OA is D.

A has tense issues. It should be 'give' not 'gave'. (create & give)
B has altered intent situation as pointed by mbawaters
C & E can be easily eliminated for wrong usage of 'not only..but also'
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22 May 2008, 06:31
saravalli wrote:
OA is D.

A has tense issues. It should be 'give' not 'gave'. (create & give)

Yeah thats something I wasn't sure and could not find much by google?

So is the following wrong?
I did not eat my vegetables but ate all the chicken.
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22 May 2008, 06:48
mbawaters wrote:
saravalli wrote:
OA is D.

A has tense issues. It should be 'give' not 'gave'. (create & give)

Yeah thats something I wasn't sure and could not find much by google?

So is the following wrong?
I did not eat my vegetables but ate all the chicken.

But your 'did' is in the past tense. So I think the sentence is right.
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22 May 2008, 06:59
i have seen OA as A, B and D..on this question..
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22 May 2008, 07:10
saravalli wrote:
mbawaters wrote:
saravalli wrote:
OA is D.

A has tense issues. It should be 'give' not 'gave'. (create & give)

Yeah thats something I wasn't sure and could not find much by google?

So is the following wrong?
I did not eat my vegetables but ate all the chicken.

But your 'did' is in the past tense. So I think the sentence is right.

I see what you are saying! though my impression was in a complex sentence 'did' only applies to the first verb.

Frank did go to Paris and saw (not see) Eiffel tower.
Not only did the systematic clearing of forests create X and gave (give) Y.
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12 Nov 2008, 01:23
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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

"Not only...but also" is incorrect because the first two things listed (creating farmland and giving inexpensive houses & furniture) are positive things, while the phenomenon mentioned at the end of the sentence (caused erosion and deforested whole regions) is negative. You wouldn't say "Not only did studying help me get good grades and make my parents proud, but it also made me suicidal." When there are two contrasting events, you need to use a "but" to separate them. The "Not only...but also" construction only makes sense when you are describing events that have similar (i.e. good) consequences. Realizing this would have eliminated A, B, and E.

C is wrong because of the "but also". There is no main verb in the sentence. Has to be wrong.

D has a main verb and appropriately illustrates the contrast between the positive and negative consequences of clearing the forests.
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