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Not only did the systematic clearing of forests in the United States

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New post 11 Feb 2017, 03:08
VKat wrote:
In option b, did is parallel to caused, so why can't we have 'b' as our answer?


The subject "The systematic clearing of forests" should be OUTSIDE the parralelsim structure:

The systematic clearing of forests not only did create, but also caused... this is correct. (subjuect outside).

However if you put the subject INSIDE the structure it should ideally be there in the second element (i,e, in but also) as well. (Remember the once out, twice in rule for parallelism).
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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
- "create farmland" does not have the same verb tense as "gave consumers" -- incorrectly combining present w/ past tense.

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
- same error as in "A". also ", which" is incorrect/not needed here. there is nothing that need be directly tied to Northeast/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
- verb tense incorrectly assumes "clearing", "creating", "giving" is all happening in the present tense; however, if you look after the underline, you see "caused" and "deforested" which is past tense.

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 as is

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
- "created" and "giving" not in the same verb tense which is incorrect -- they need to be.

key here is to IDENTIFY THE LIST: 1) created; 2) gave; 3) caused; 4) deforested --> make sure these verbs are //

Kudos please if you find this helpful :)
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New post 06 May 2018, 14:58
is not only X, but it also Y correct ?
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New post 06 May 2018, 22:43
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is not only X, but it also Y correct ?

Hi Pranav, which option are you referring to? The correct answer (option D) does not use this structure.
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New post 01 Jun 2018, 11:06
This is a GMATPrep question and added the tag accordingly

Anyways, bumping this question because its really conceptual!
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New post 29 Jun 2018, 10:36
it is meaning based......Otherwise B would have been correct..

D is the only sentence which is correct grammatically as well as meaning wise
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New post 30 Jun 2018, 21:03
(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.


(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 caused erosion and very quickly deforested whole regions.


(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 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.

(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 caused erosion and very quickly deforested whole regions.
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