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Ignoring the admonitions of his staff, the chief financial officer accepted the advice of the consulting company because he believed that the standardized accounting procedures would prove not only inexpensive but reliable indicators of economic performance.
(A) he believed that the standardized accounting procedures would prove not only inexpensive but
(B) the standardized accounting procedures will prove both inexpensive and also
(C) he believed the standardized accounting procedures would prove themselves to be both inexpensive and
(D) he believed that the standardized accounting procedures would prove to be both inexpensive and
(E) standardized accounting procedures will prove his belief that they are both inexpensive and

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I choose D

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Ignoring the admonitions of his staff, the chief financial officer accepted the advice of the consulting company because he believed that the standardized accounting procedures would prove not only inexpensive but reliable indicators of economic performance.

(A) he believed that the standardized accounting procedures would prove not only inexpensive but
(B) the standardized accounting procedures will prove both inexpensive and also
(C) he believed the standardized accounting procedures would prove themselves to be both inexpensive and
(D) he believed that the standardized accounting procedures would prove to be both inexpensive and
(E) standardized accounting procedures will prove his belief that they are both inexpensive and


D. for idiom "both x and y"
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New post 12 Jan 2009, 23:43
definitely D
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Ignoring the admonitions of his staff, the chief financial officer accepted the advice of the consulting company because he believed that the standardized accounting procedures would prove not only inexpensive but reliable indicators of economic performance.
(A) he believed that the standardized accounting procedures would prove not only inexpensive but with not only but also is required
(B) the standardized accounting procedures will prove both inexpensive and also that is required after believed
(C) he believed the standardized accounting procedures would prove themselves to be both inexpensive and that is required after believed
(D) he believed that the standardized accounting procedures would prove to be both inexpensive and Hold
(E) standardized accounting procedures will prove his belief that they are both inexpensive and awkward and unnecessarily wordy

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New post 13 Jan 2009, 20:52
let me know the OA time.

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I do not see anything wrong with A. Basically, it is of the form "not X but Y".

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I think A has "not only but also" issue
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I do not see anything wrong with A. Basically, it is of the form "not X but Y".

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IMO D.

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New post 15 Jan 2009, 16:24
Agree with D.

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GMAT TIGER wrote:
reply2spg wrote:
Ignoring the admonitions of his staff, the chief financial officer accepted the advice of the consulting company because he believed that the standardized accounting procedures would prove not only inexpensive but reliable indicators of economic performance.

(A) he believed that the standardized accounting procedures would prove not only inexpensive but
(B) the standardized accounting procedures will prove both inexpensive and also
(C) he believed the standardized accounting procedures would prove themselves to be both inexpensive and
(D) he believed that the standardized accounting procedures would prove to be both inexpensive and
(E) standardized accounting procedures will prove his belief that they are both inexpensive and


D. for idiom "both x and y"


This is by far the quickest way to eliminate answer choices A, B, C, & E

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OA D

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New post 17 Jan 2009, 02:39
along with both X and Y,
C - missing 'that'
E - inproper use of 'they' and 'his' makes the clause ackward

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