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Some 200 world-famous physicists recently attended a conference whose purpose not only was to consider the prospects for the next 50 years of research in physics but also assessing the accuracy of the predictions made at the last meeting of this type, which took place 50 years earlier.

(A) not only was to consider the prospects for the next 50 years of research in physics but also assessing the accuracy of the predictions made at the last meeting of this type,
(B) not only was considering the prospects for the next 50 years of research in physics but also assessing the accuracy of the predictions which were made at the last meeting of this type and
(C) was not only considering the prospects for the next 50 years of research in physics but also to assess the accuracy of the predictions made at the last meeting of this type and
(D) was not only to consider the prospects for the next 50 years of research in physics but also to assess the accuracy of the predictions made at the last meeting of this type,
(E) was to consider not only the prospects for the next 50 years of research in physics but also assessing the accuracy of the predictions made at the last meeting of this type,

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Some 200 world-famous physicists recently attended a conference whose purpose not only was to consider the prospects for the next 50 years of research in physics but also assessing the accuracy of the predictions made at the last meeting of this type, which took place 50 years earlier.

Not only ... but also ... should follow parallel structure.

Here we have "verb" was after "not only" but after "but also" we have verb-ing. These are not parallel. Apart of the parallelism issue, there are no other errors in this sentence. Here from the meaning we have two actions or ideas consider and assess in parallel. So correct option should have these ideas in same grammatical form.

Let look at options:
(A) not only was to consider the prospects for the next 50 years of research
in physics but also assessing the accuracy of the predictions made at the last
meeting of this type,
As discussed above. Eliminate.
(B) not only was considering the prospects for the next 50 years of research
in physics but also assessing the accuracy of the predictions which were
made at the last meeting of this type and

again "was considering" is a helping verb+main verb therefore before assessing we should have a helping verb to make the structure parallel. Eliminate.

(C) was not only considering the prospects for the next 50 years of research
in physics but also to assess the accuracy of the predictions made at the last
meeting of this type and

Here the main verb considering is illegally made parallel to prepositional phrase "to assess". Eliminate.

(D) was not only to consider the prospects for the next 50 years of research
in physics but also to assess the accuracy of the predictions made at the last
meeting of this type,

Here the parallelism is correct. we have prepositional phrase "to consider..." parallel to prepositional phrase "to assess..". Correct option

(E) was to consider not only the prospects for the next 50 years of research
in physics but also assessing the accuracy of the predictions made at the last
meeting of this type,

Here consider should have been parallel to assess. However the parallelism is between "the prospects" and "assessing the accuracy..". Eliminate
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Some 200 world-famous physicists recently attended a conference whose purpose not only was to consider the prospects for the next 50 years of research in physics but also assessing the accuracy of the predictions made at the last meeting of this type, which took place 50 years earlier.

(A) not only was to consider the prospects for the next 50 years of research in physics but also assessing the accuracy of the predictions made at the last meeting of this type,
(B) not only was considering the prospects for the next 50 years of research in physics but also assessing the accuracy of the predictions which were made at the last meeting of this type and
(C) was not only considering the prospects for the next 50 years of research in physics but also to assess the accuracy of the predictions made at the last meeting of this type and
(D) was not only to consider the prospects for the next 50 years of research in physics but also to assess the accuracy of the predictions made at the last meeting of this type,
(E) was to consider not only the prospects for the next 50 years of research in physics but also assessing the accuracy of the predictions made at the last meeting of this type,

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THe correct Idiomatic usage is : Not Only X but also Y

None except (D) maintains the correct Parallelism and Idiomatic usage, hence answer will be (D)
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Some 200 world-famous physicists recently attended a conference whose purpose not only was to consider the prospects for the next 50 years of research in physics but also assessing the accuracy of the predictions made at the last meeting of this type, which took place 50 years earlier.

Issues tested: Idiom | Parallelism

Analysis:
1. Looking at the options you will notice idiom "not only... but also....", so the clauses need to be parallel.
2. "whose purpose" should be followed by infinitive and not a gerund here. Consider this example where the conference had only 1 purpose:
-- Right: X recently attended a conference whose purpose was to consider...
-- Wrong: X recently attended a conference whose purpose was considering...

Keeping this in mind, I have highlighted the parallelism issues in the options below:

(A) not only was to consider the prospects for the next 50 years of research in physics but also assessing the accuracy of the predictions made at the last meeting of this type,

(B) not only was considering the prospects for the next 50 years of research in physics but also assessing the accuracy of the predictions which were made at the last meeting of this type and

(C) was not only considering the prospects for the next 50 years of research in physics but also to assess the accuracy of the predictions made at the last meeting of this type and

(D) was not only to consider the prospects for the next 50 years of research in physics but also to assess the accuracy of the predictions made at the last meeting of this type,

(E) was to consider not only the prospects for the next 50 years of research in physics but also assessing the accuracy of the predictions made at the last meeting of this type,
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Only option d maintains the parallelism... [WHITE SMILING FACE]

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Some 200 world-famous physicists recently attended a conference whose purpose not only was to consider the prospects for the next 50 years of research in physics but also assessing the accuracy of the predictions made at the last meeting of this type, which took place 50 years earlier.

(A) not only was to consider the prospects for the next 50 years of research in physics but also assessing the accuracy of the predictions made at the last meeting of this type,
(B) not only was considering the prospects for the next 50 years of research in physics but also assessing the accuracy of the predictions which were made at the last meeting of this type and
(C) was not only considering the prospects for the next 50 years of research in physics but also to assess the accuracy of the predictions made at the last meeting of this type and
(D) was not only to consider the prospects for the next 50 years of research in physics but also to assess the accuracy of the predictions made at the last meeting of this type,
(E) was to consider not only the prospects for the next 50 years of research in physics but also assessing the accuracy of the predictions made at the last meeting of this type,

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Only option "D" correctly uses correct parallel structure- here we have the idiom "not only..but also" - therefore there needs to be an auxiliary verb accompanying both "asses" and "consider"

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Some 200 world-famous physicists recently attended a conference whose purpose not only was to consider the prospects for the next 50 years of research in physics but also assessing the accuracy of the predictions made at the last meeting of this type, which took place 50 years earlier.

(A) not only was to consider the prospects for the next 50 years of research in physics but also assessing the accuracy of the predictions made at the last meeting of this type, ---- not only verb….but also present participle is not ok.

(B) not only was considering the prospects for the next 50 years of research in physics but also assessing the accuracy of the predictions which were made at the last meeting of this type and ---- not only verb….but also present participle is not ok.

(C) was not only considering the prospects for the next 50 years of research in physics but also to assess the accuracy of the predictions made at the last meeting of this type and ---- ---- not only present participle ….but also infinitive is not ok.

(D) was not only to consider the prospects for the next 50 years of research in physics but also to assess the accuracy of the predictions made at the last meeting of this type, ---- not only infinitive ….but also infinitive is ok.

(E) was to consider not only the prospects for the next 50 years of research in physics but also assessing the accuracy of the predictions made at the last meeting of this type, ---- not only noun ….but also present participle is not ok.

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Some 200 world-famous physicists recently attended a conference whose purpose not only was to consider the prospects for the next 50 years of research in physics but also assessing the accuracy of the predictions made at the last meeting of this type, which took place 50 years earlier.

Issues tested: Idiom | Parallelism

Analysis:
1. Looking at the options you will notice idiom "not only... but also....", so the clauses need to be parallel.
2. "whose purpose" should be followed by infinitive and not a gerund here. Consider this example where the conference had only 1 purpose:
-- Right: X recently attended a conference whose purpose was to consider...
-- Wrong: X recently attended a conference whose purpose was considering...

Keeping this in mind, I have highlighted the parallelism issues in the options below:

(A) not only was to consider the prospects for the next 50 years of research in physics but also assessing the accuracy of the predictions made at the last meeting of this type,

(B) not only was considering the prospects for the next 50 years of research in physics but also assessing the accuracy of the predictions which were made at the last meeting of this type and

(C) was not only considering the prospects for the next 50 years of research in physics but also to assess the accuracy of the predictions made at the last meeting of this type and

(D) was not only to consider the prospects for the next 50 years of research in physics but also to assess the accuracy of the predictions made at the last meeting of this type,

(E) was to consider not only the prospects for the next 50 years of research in physics but also assessing the accuracy of the predictions made at the last meeting of this type,






I GOT THE CORRECT ANSWER.
JUST HAVE A DOUBT IN OPTION B
IN OPTION B:DOES "WHICH TOOK PLACE AFTER 50 YEARS " MODIFY "THE PREDICTIONS" ?
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