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# Not only speech enables man to handle and pass on more complicated ide

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Not only speech enables man to handle and pass on more complicated ideas, it also enables him to accumulate them.

a) Not only speech enables man to handle and pass on
b) Not only does speech enable man to handle and pass on
c) Not only is speech enabling man to handle and pass on
d) Not only speech enables man to handle and pass off
e) Not only speech enables a man to handle and pass on

Originally posted by Shaheensingh17 on 29 May 2017, 05:39.
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04 Aug 2018, 07:06
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John HAS won two rounds.
Mary WAS promoted to vice president and given a raise.
The team DID qualify for the playoffs.

In the sentences above, the verb in blue is known as a HELPING VERB or an AUXILIARY VERB.

Generally:
When a sentence begins with a NEGATIVE -- not, never, seldom -- a helping verb will PRECEDE the subject.
Never HAS John won two rounds.
Not only HAS Mary been promoted to vice president, she has also received a raise.
Seldom DID the team qualify for the playoffs.

OA: Not only DOES speech enable man to handle and pass on more complicated ideas, it also enables him to accumulate them.
Here, the helping verb does precedes the subject speech because the sentence begins with a negative (not only).
The first clause conveys the following meaning:
Speech does enable a man to handle and pass on more complicated ideas.
The entire portion in blue -- does enable -- serves as a verb for speech.

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Shaheensingh17 wrote:
Not only speech enables man to handle and pass on more complicated ideas, it also enables him to accumulate them.

a) Not only speech enables man to handle and pass on
b) Not only does speech enable man to handle and pass on
c) Not only is speech enabling man to handle and pass on
d) Not only speech enables man to handle and pass off
e) Not only speech enables a man to handle and pass on

Why B and not A ..

When using not only . . . but also in a sentence, parallelism should be the goal. It means that the words following both parts of this correlative conjunction (i.e., not only and but also) should belong to the same parts of speech. For example, if a verb follows not only, then a verb should also follow but also. Using different parts of speech after each part of not only . . . but also makes the sentence imbalanced and, frankly, just awkward. Consider the examples below:

He’s not only intelligent but also has a great sense of humor. Incorrect
He’s not only intelligent but also funny. Correct

Both sentences mean the same thing, but the first is imbalanced. The adjective intelligent follows not only, whereas the dependent phrase has a great sense of humor follows but also. In the second sentence, however, the adjectives intelligent and funny follow not only and but also, ensuring that the sentence is parallel.

Comma with Not Only . . . But Also

Should you use a comma with not only . . . but also? Not usually. Generally speaking, a comma should not be used to separate pairs of conjunctions in a correlative conjunction. As you may know, however, there are often exceptions to grammatical rules, especially when dealing with commas.

It’s correct to write the sentence this way, with no comma:

When writing, Ann considers not only her topic but also her audience.

But if you really want to show special emphasis, you can add a comma:
When writing, Ann considers not only her topic, but also her audience.

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30 May 2017, 21:51
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Shaheensingh17 wrote:
Not only speech enables man to handle and pass on more complicated ideas, it also enables him to accumulate them.
a)Not only speech enables man to handle and pass on
b)Not only does speech enable man to handle and pass on
c)Not only is speech enabling man to handle and pass on
d)Not only speech enables man to handle and pass off
e)Not only speech enables a man to handle and pass on

My take is B and just in 40 Seconds .
Main point in this Sentence is to notice that we need to compare Verb and not noun . i.e What all speech can enable. It enables man to handle and pass on .. and it also enables him to accumulate them .
However, the problem with the main sentence is that it is trying to compare speech with enable , which is weird .

a) Not only speech enable.. if this has to be kept as it is then after comma, it should be something like " text(a similar noun) enables ....
b)Now here if we notice , a new verb has been introduced to handle the situation . Now verb does is compared with enable .
c)Same issue as in A
d)Same issue as in A
e)Same issue as in A
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30 May 2017, 22:06
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gmat4varun wrote:
Shaheensingh17 wrote:
Not only speech enables man to handle and pass on more complicated ideas, it also enables him to accumulate them.
a)Not only speech enables man to handle and pass on
b)Not only does speech enable man to handle and pass on
c)Not only is speech enabling man to handle and pass on
d)Not only speech enables man to handle and pass off
e)Not only speech enables a man to handle and pass on

My take is B and just in 40 Seconds .
Main point in this Sentence is to notice that we need to compare Verb and not noun . i.e What all speech can enable. It enables man to handle and pass on .. and it also enables him to accumulate them .
However, the problem with the main sentence is that it is trying to compare speech with enable , which is weird .

a) Not only speech enable.. if this has to be kept as it is then after comma, it should be something like " text(a similar noun) enables ....
b)Now here if we notice , a new verb has been introduced to handle the situation . Now verb does is compared with enable .
c)Same issue as in A
d)Same issue as in A
e)Same issue as in A

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01 Jun 2017, 22:42
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How can B be the answer, as speech is singular and enable is plural ?

A should be answer if it is not specifically one particular man.
E should be the answer if its a particular man, hence "a man".
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03 Jun 2017, 01:13
Shaheensingh17 wrote:
Not only speech enables man to handle and pass on more complicated ideas, it also enables him to accumulate them.

a) Not only speech enables man to handle and pass on
b) Not only does speech enable man to handle and pass on
c) Not only is speech enabling man to handle and pass on
d) Not only speech enables man to handle and pass off
e) Not only speech enables a man to handle and pass on

Why B and not A ..
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09 Jun 2017, 10:47
Can someone please explain the role of does in OA and also, why enable is used with speech instead of enables?
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utkarshthapak wrote:
Can someone please explain the role of does in OA and also, why enable is used with speech instead of enables?

The question stem uses not only ... (but) also. Possible ways it can be used:

1. Speech enables man to not only handle and pass on more complicated ideas but also accumulate them.

2. Not only does speech enable man to handle and pass on more complicated ideas, it also enables him to accumulate them.

Note that in 2 after "not only" a question form, i.e, auxiliary + subject + verb, is used. It's all about the use of "not only ... (but) also".
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12 Jun 2017, 00:58
Shaheensingh17 wrote:
Not only speech enables man to handle and pass on more complicated ideas, it also enables him to accumulate them.

a) Not only speech enables man to handle and pass on
b) Not only does speech enable man to handle and pass on
c) Not only is speech enabling man to handle and pass on
d) Not only speech enables man to handle and pass off
e) Not only speech enables a man to handle and pass on

its a great question and i got it right too. However I would like to ask for the source of the question, because I might not have come across that sentence structure in my practice till now. Not that i am saying that the question is incorrect....
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kill3rlook5 wrote:
sobby wrote:
Shaheensingh17 wrote:
Not only speech enables man to handle and pass on more complicated ideas, it also enables him to accumulate them.

a) Not only speech enables man to handle and pass on
b) Not only does speech enable man to handle and pass on
c) Not only is speech enabling man to handle and pass on
d) Not only speech enables man to handle and pass off
e) Not only speech enables a man to handle and pass on

Why B and not A ..

When using not only . . . but also in a sentence, parallelism should be the goal. It means that the words following both parts of this correlative conjunction (i.e., not only and but also) should belong to the same parts of speech. For example, if a verb follows not only, then a verb should also follow but also. Using different parts of speech after each part of not only . . . but also makes the sentence imbalanced and, frankly, just awkward. Consider the examples below:

He’s not only intelligent but also has a great sense of humor. Incorrect
He’s not only intelligent but also funny. Correct

Both sentences mean the same thing, but the first is imbalanced. The adjective intelligent follows not only, whereas the dependent phrase has a great sense of humor follows but also. In the second sentence, however, the adjectives intelligent and funny follow not only and but also, ensuring that the sentence is parallel.

Comma with Not Only . . . But Also

Should you use a comma with not only . . . but also? Not usually. Generally speaking, a comma should not be used to separate pairs of conjunctions in a correlative conjunction. As you may know, however, there are often exceptions to grammatical rules, especially when dealing with commas.

It’s correct to write the sentence this way, with no comma:

When writing, Ann considers not only her topic but also her audience.

But if you really want to show special emphasis, you can add a comma:
When writing, Ann considers not only her topic, but also her audience.

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I am not sure for 100%, sorry.
Ok, "When using not only . . . but also in a sentence, parallelism should be the goal." We know it.
So, again, the question.

Why not A for example?
Not only speech enables man to handle and pass on more complicated ideas, (but) it also enables him to accumulate them. (speech and it are not that parallel)
Do I understand you right? You mean that because after "also" comes "enables", it has to be the verb after "not only", and we put "does" here?
Not only does speech enable man to handle and pass on more complicated ideas, (but) it also enables him to accumulate them.

So such option, for example, would be true?
Not only speech enables man to handle and pass on more complicated ideas, (but) also it enables him to accumulate
them.
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