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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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05 May 2013, 22:59
A question on the touch rule for which. In choice b:

(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

does which refer to farmland, or (Northeast)? That is, does which ignore parenthetical statements? I understand that solving this issue isn't necessary for getting the right answer, but I want to make sure I'm clear on the touch rule concept.

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06 May 2013, 01:00
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A question on the touch rule for which. In choice b:

(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

does which refer to farmland, or (Northeast)? That is, does which ignore parenthetical statements? I understand that solving this issue isn't necessary for getting the right answer, but I want to make sure I'm clear on the touch rule concept.

Hi, which follows a strict touch noun rule...even when noun is in parentheses or prepositional phrase. for prepositional phrase nouns the only exception is with "verb ed" which especially for "...in...." does not necessarily modify the proximate noun, unless it makes sense in doing so.

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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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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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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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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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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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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[/u] 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 NOT PARALLEL, CREATE - GAVE

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 , MODIFIER ERROR , WHICH

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 MODIFIER ERROR, CREATING-GIVING

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

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 IDIOMATIC ERROR-NOT ONLY BUT , MODIFIER ERROR - GIVING

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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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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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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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Very good question.

It's tricky because on the first place you think that we need to find the idiom.

However as we don't have any match with idiom, we have to find something else:

A) Idiom Error
B) Idiom Error, Modifier Error
C) Idiom Error, incomplete sentence
D) Correct, here we have 2 complete clauses, that are separated with a comma and with "but"
E) Idiom Error

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I love carrots, but I hate broccoli. This is completely fine and does not use a, "not only." Also notice that I went from something positive to something negative like the statement did.

All of the statements either have a verb error or imply that farmland gave consumers houses. D is the only one that is correct in grammar and context.

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