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Hello People,

I have been using the Manhattan SC Guide and have come across 2 problem statements that I dont understand why are considered incorrect. Please help me understand what is wrong, thanks !

a) Faced with the recurrence of natural disasters, such as floods and wildfires, many state governments have imposed significant taxes on their citizens so as to raise funds in advance of the next calamity.

b) Many places are called Naples- the cities in Italy and in Florida, and also a town in Clark Country, South Dakota.
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Aditiniyer wrote:
Hello People,

I have been using the Manhattan SC Guide and have come across 2 problem statements that I dont understand why are considered incorrect. Please help me understand what is wrong, thanks !

a) Faced with the recurrence of natural disasters, such as floods and wildfires, many state governments have imposed significant taxes on their citizens so as to raise funds in advance of the next calamity.

b) Many places are called Naples- the cities in Italy and in Florida, and also a town in Clark Country, South Dakota.


a) The MPrep SC guide calls 'so as to' a suspect idiom. (It's listed under 'in order to' in the idioms chapter). This typically means that the Official Guide hasn't used it in right answers (and has possibly used it in wrong answers), but hasn't taken an explicit stand on whether it's right. It could also mean that the GMAC is inconsistent about it, and sometimes calls it right and sometimes calls it wrong. Luckily, issues that are as vague as this are rarely the deciding issue on an SC problem. If you see something like this, there'll probably be another error in the sentence.

b) This one, I'm less sure about. I think the Strategy Guide is calling it wrong because it's not a correct use of the idiom 'not only... but also'. The GMAT loves to mangle this idiom - if you see something like 'not only... and also' or 'only... not also' in a sentence, it's most likely incorrect. But this sentence doesn't seem so bad to me. It's just saying that there are three cities called Naples - the first two, and also a third one.
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New post 15 Jul 2018, 02:45
Aditiniyer wrote:
Hello People,

I have been using the Manhattan SC Guide and have come across 2 problem statements that I dont understand why are considered incorrect. Please help me understand what is wrong, thanks !

a) Faced with the recurrence of natural disasters, such as floods and wildfires, many state governments have imposed significant taxes on their citizens so as to raise funds in advance of the next calamity.

b) Many places are called Naples- the cities in Italy and in Florida, and also a town in Clark Country, South Dakota.


Following up on this post, the MGMAT guide also states that:

Many places are called Naples—not only the cities in Italy and in Florida but a town in Clark County, South Dakota (population 25). (not only … but …)

is correct. I personally prefer a , but also construction instead of but.
ccooley: Does the GMAT test us on such a difference or can I ignore this and move on?
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