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Proponents of the theory of spontaneous generation argued that simple living organisms sprang to life not through a recognizable reproductive process but came to life independently from non-living matter.


(A) sprang to life not through a recognizable reproductive process but came to life

(B) did not spring to life through a recognizable reproductive process and came to life

(C) did not spring to life through a recognizable reproductive process but came to life

(D) sprang to life not through a recognizable reproductive process but

(E) did not spring to life through a recognizable system of reproduction but had come to life

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C for me. Parallelism issue.

(C) did not spring to life through a recognizable reproductive process but came to life independently
For me it is parallel

Did not spring to life (how) [but] came to life (how)
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Not X but Y —> is the correct usage
I will go with D


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Between (C) and (D) , I will choose (D) , as (C) is wordy and Not X but Y is correct idiomatic usage in (D)
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D it is for correct idiomatic usage of not X but Y
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Proponents of the theory of spontaneous generation argued that simple living organisms sprang to life not through a recognizable reproductive process but came to life independently from non-living matter.


(A) sprang to life not through a recognizable reproductive process but came to life

(B) did not spring to life through a recognizable reproductive process and came to life

(C) did not spring to life through a recognizable reproductive process but came to life

(D) sprang to life not through a recognizable reproductive process but

(E) did not spring to life through a recognizable system of reproduction but had come to life


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The two things compared here are two processes by which "organisms" might have come to life. To keep them parallel, we must say it "sprang to life not [through one process], but [through an alternate process]..." And since the two verbs mean the same thing, it is needlessly wordy to say both "sprang" and "came to life." (B) uses the wrong conjunction, since the two processes are contrasted. (C) is parallel, but doesn't correct the wordiness. (E) is even wordier and shifts tense inappropriately. Choice (D) is concise and parallel. It is correct.
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Bunuel wrote:
Proponents of the theory of spontaneous generation argued that simple living organisms sprang to life not through a recognizable reproductive process but came to life independently from non-living matter.


(A) sprang to life not through a recognizable reproductive process but came to life

(B) did not spring to life through a recognizable reproductive process and came to life

(C) did not spring to life through a recognizable reproductive process but came to life

(D) sprang to life not through a recognizable reproductive process but

(E) did not spring to life through a recognizable system of reproduction but had come to life


Your verbal questions are proving to be as tricky as your quant ones! :-)

Having said that, I would go with D - A,B & E do not have a parallel tense structure.

Between C & D, D is more concise.
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New post 20 Aug 2018, 07:47
Hi guys,

Can you clarify Not X But Y rule?

I thought the rule was :

sprang to life (Not) through a recognizable reproductive process *(BUT) came to life* - shouldn't it be - (BUT) through independently from non-living matter.

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