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The computer software being designed for a project studying Native American access to higher education will not only meet the needs of that study, but also has the versatility and power of facilitating similar research endeavors.
(A) but also has the versatility and power of facilitating
(B) but also have the versatility and power to facilitate
(C) but it also has the versatility and power to facilitate
(D) and also have the versatility and power of facilitating
(E) and it also has such versatility and power that it can facilitate
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25 May 2009, 01:42
hello there,
its been just 1 day since I registered here.i thought it would be better if i helped sm1 first and only after that post any queries.
I certainly think OPTION " B " is correct.
ppl here are correct ,it should be option B.sorry for my mistake
hope that helps.
best of luck.

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25 May 2009, 08:29
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The computer software being designed for a project studying Native American access to higher education will not only meet the needs of that study, but also has the versatility and power of facilitating similar research endeavors.
(A) but also has the versatility and power of facilitating
(B) but also have the versatility and power to facilitate
(C) but it also has the versatility and power to facilitate
(D) and also have the versatility and power of facilitating
(E) and it also has such versatility and power that it can facilitate

Idiomatically the sentence structure should have NOT ONLY....BUT ALSO format. So, options D and E ruled out

Now, among A, B, C - B ruled out as it uses plural form of verb

Between A and C - we have to check for a parallel construction; option A doesn't meet this rule NOT ONLY MEET......BUT ALSO FACILITATING

So, option C is correct NOT ONLY MEET....BUT ALSO FACILITATE

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25 May 2009, 08:47
Agree with C . Not only.... but also - idiom

Native American access to higher education will not only meet the needs of that study, but it also has the versatility and power to facilitate
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25 May 2009, 09:05
I choose B.

construction says software that is still under development will not only <be something> but [will] also <be the other things>

something and other thing should be in parallel. A is not right because it says software also has the versatility meaning that the software is already present.

Eliminate C as it is wordy and bears the same tense error. D and E can be eliminated for improper use of Not only... but also... idiom
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25 May 2009, 09:08
tkarthi4u wrote:
Agree with C . Not only.... but also - idiom

Native American access to higher education will not only meet the needs of that study, but it also has the versatility and power to facilitate

There is a trap if we consider TO HIGHER....TO FACILITATE as a parallel construction because the clause a project studying Native American access to higher education is a description of the PROJECT but not the action of the SOFTWARE PROGRAM. The actions are as highlighed below

The computer software being designed for a project studying Native American access to higher education will not only meet the needs of that study, but also has the versatility and power of facilitating similar research endeavors.

Another question: is this construction correct NOT ONLY.....BUT it ALSO?

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25 May 2009, 09:11
paneer wrote:
I choose B.

construction says software that is still under development will not only <be something> but [will] also <be the other things>

something and other thing should be in parallel. A is not right because it says software also has the versatility meaning that the software is already present.

Eliminate C as it is wordy and bears the same tense error. D and E can be eliminated for improper use of Not only... but also... idiom

Option B has the wrong usage of verb form SOFTWARE PROGRAM....HAVE
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paneer wrote:
I choose B.

construction says software that is still under development will not only <be something> but [will] also <be the other things>

something and other thing should be in parallel. A is not right because it says software also has the versatility meaning that the software is already present.

Eliminate C as it is wordy and bears the same tense error. D and E can be eliminated for improper use of Not only... but also... idiom

Option B has the wrong usage of verb form SOFTWARE PROGRAM....HAVE

It is not the subject verb agreement that should be seen here but the tense.

Rephrase and check

software will meet the needs and will have versatility and power...
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25 May 2009, 09:28
paneer wrote:
hasham222 wrote:
paneer wrote:
I choose B.

construction says software that is still under development will not only <be something> but [will] also <be the other things>

something and other thing should be in parallel. A is not right because it says software also has the versatility meaning that the software is already present.

Eliminate C as it is wordy and bears the same tense error. D and E can be eliminated for improper use of Not only... but also... idiom

Option B has the wrong usage of verb form SOFTWARE PROGRAM....HAVE

It is not the subject verb agreement that should be seen here but the tense.

Rephrase and check

software will meet the needs and will have versatility and power...

Awesome reasoning! Option B is correct.
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17 Jul 2011, 17:25
I go with B as it has proper parallel construction.
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17 Jul 2011, 19:42
in my view, B properly uses tense.
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17 Jul 2011, 23:54
paneer wrote:
hasham222 wrote:
paneer wrote:
I choose B.

construction says software that is still under development will not only <be something> but [will] also <be the other things>

something and other thing should be in parallel. A is not right because it says software also has the versatility meaning that the software is already present.

Eliminate C as it is wordy and bears the same tense error. D and E can be eliminated for improper use of Not only... but also... idiom

Option B has the wrong usage of verb form SOFTWARE PROGRAM....HAVE

It is not the subject verb agreement that should be seen here but the tense.

Rephrase and check

software will meet the needs and will have versatility and power...

Isn't subject-verb agreement important for every sentence??? Here software is singular and the question should have used "meets" instead of meet... Is the question right??? What is the OA?
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18 Jul 2011, 10:33
Great question...i chose c initially but after reading the posts i choose B.
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18 Jul 2011, 20:54
hasham222 wrote:
tkarthi4u wrote:
Agree with C . Not only.... but also - idiom

Native American access to higher education will not only meet the needs of that study, but it also has the versatility and power to facilitate

There is a trap if we consider TO HIGHER....TO FACILITATE as a parallel construction because the clause a project studying Native American access to higher education is a description of the PROJECT but not the action of the SOFTWARE PROGRAM. The actions are as highlighed below

The computer software being designed for a project studying Native American access to higher education will not only meet the needs of that study, but also has the versatility and power of facilitating similar research endeavors.

Another question: is this construction correct NOT ONLY.....BUT it ALSO?

C has the problem with "it" - what is it referring to - software program, a project ( not clear)... B you do not have that ambiguity. More ever in B "Have" is not used in sense of has/have but just that have (such as-I have a pen!)...B works better than all other options out here ! just my 2 cents...
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19 Jul 2011, 07:02
tenaman10 wrote:
The computer software being designed for a project studying Native American access to higher education will not only meet the needs of that study, but also has the versatility and power of facilitating similar research endeavors.
(A) but also has the versatility and power of facilitating
(B) but also have the versatility and power to facilitate
(C) but it also has the versatility and power to facilitate
(D) and also have the versatility and power of facilitating
(E) and it also has such versatility and power that it can facilitate

In this question computer software is being treated as plural ( "meet" refers to a plural subject).

The computer software being designed for a project studying Native American access to higher education will not only meet the needs of that study, [u]but also has the versatility and power of facilitating

Therefore we need to use a plural verb in the following optins as well i.e. "have"

Idiom not only ... but also . should hold true.

This makes option B perfect.
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19 Jul 2011, 08:38
Considering everybody understands why C, D, E are wrong, we are left with Option A and B. And whoever is thinking A is wrong because of Singular-Plural subject-verb combination, I afraid, are not looking at the things very carefully.

Although at first look I didn't find any error with Option A, A is wrong just because of one reason & that is
"will not only meet" is not in parallel with "but also (will) has". and therefore, instead of 'has' there should be 'have'.

So answer should be 'B'
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19 Jul 2011, 10:12
In B, a comma is present before the conjunction "but". Usually conjunctions are prefixed with commas for joining 2 independent clauses. Then, what is the subject of the second clause. In C, at least we have a subject "it". Someone kindly throw some light on this.
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19 Jul 2011, 10:59
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In B, a comma is present before the conjunction "but". Usually conjunctions are prefixed with commas for joining 2 independent clauses. Then, what is the subject of the second clause. In C, at least we have a subject "it". Someone kindly throw some light on this.

First off, comma is not as important as other issues in a sentence. Second, comma could be used for contrast in not only..but also constructions.
Although I agree that two sentences connected by comma and conjunction should have two independent clauses with a subject and a verb.

In E, "it" is not really traceable.

(E) and it also has such versatility and power that it can facilitate
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+1 B

"will" requires the base form of the verb ("have").
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17 Sep 2011, 08:51
Guys,
its the tense thats makin all the difference here. Specifically, use of the word 'will'.
Consider this simple phrase -- 'I will have' or 'I will has'?.
Similarly.. 'software will have' is the correct usage.
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