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Some biographers have not only disputed the
common notion that Edgar Allan Poe drank to
excess but also questioned whether he drank
at all.

(A) have not only disputed the common notion that
Edgar Allan Poe drank to excess but also
questioned whether he drank
(B) not only have disputed the common notion that
Edgar Allan Poe drank to excess but also
over whether he drank
(C) have disputed not only the common notion that
Edgar Allan Poe drank to excess but also
whether he may not have drunk
(D) not only have disputed the common notion that
Edgar Allan Poe drank to excess but also
questioned whether or not he had drunk
(E) have disputed the common notion not only that
Edgar Allan Poe drank to excess but also
questioned whether he may not have drunk
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03 Sep 2003, 14:05
MartinMag wrote:
Still ...A...

Hey Martin, JP and Javs

I too have A, but mine was more of a POE process than strong grammar basics...

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03 Sep 2003, 21:55
I go with A.
Other choices are wrong because they contain two main mistakes:
1) In usage: Not only X but also Y => X & Y should be parallel logicaly(in the sense X & Y should be similar...) and grammatically (X,Y should both be noun or verb...)

2) construction "Whether or not" is unidiomatic. "Whether" itself implies the option of "not"
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Re: SC: POE [#permalink]

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04 Sep 2003, 17:40
stolyar wrote:
Some biographers have not only disputed the
common notion that Edgar Allan Poe drank to
excess but also questioned whether he drank
at all.

(A) have not only disputed the common notion that
Edgar Allan Poe drank to excess but also
questioned whether he drank
(B) not only have disputed the common notion that
Edgar Allan Poe drank to excess but also
over whether he drank
(C) have disputed not only the common notion that
Edgar Allan Poe drank to excess but also
whether he may not have drunk
(D) not only have disputed the common notion that
Edgar Allan Poe drank to excess but also
questioned whether or not he had drunk
(E) have disputed the common notion not only that
Edgar Allan Poe drank to excess but also
questioned whether he may not have drunk

Ya, you really have to use POE here. In all choices except (A), parallelism is off:

(B) "not only have disputed the notion...but also over whether...

you get the idea...
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Re: SC: POE [#permalink]

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24 Sep 2008, 05:22
this is a classic GMAT question and is correct.
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Re: SC: POE [#permalink]

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24 Sep 2008, 10:19
stolyar wrote:
Some biographers have not only disputed the
common notion that Edgar Allan Poe drank to
excess but also questioned whether he drank
at all.

(A) have not only disputed the common notion that
Edgar Allan Poe drank to excess but also
questioned whether he drank
(B) not only have disputed the common notion that
Edgar Allan Poe drank to excess but also
over whether he drank questioned is replaced with disputed over wrong
(C) have disputed not only the common notion that
Edgar Allan Poe drank to excess but also
whether he may not have drunk questioned is missing
(D) not only have disputed the common notion that
Edgar Allan Poe drank to excess but also
questioned whether or not he had drunk
(E) have disputed the common notion not only that
Edgar Allan Poe drank to excess but also
questioned whether he may not have drunk

A is correct, because every thing else has issues
Re: SC: POE   [#permalink] 24 Sep 2008, 10:19
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