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Marked A.
Has the correct parallel structure for “not as .... but as”.

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The Dust Bowl was the result of frequent deep plowing followed by an extensive drought and high winds, but many agriculturists view it not as a senseless tragedy, but as an opportunity to develop cultivation methods with less impact on the topsoil.

A. not as a senseless tragedy, but as
B. not as a senseless tragedy, rather
C. not only as a senseless tragedy, but rather as
D. as not a senseless tragedy, but as
E. as not a senseless tragedy, but


A quick scan of the options blasts the idiom “not ___, but ___.” This is a classic idiom, which means it follows a strict structure, and parallelism in these types of contrasting idioms is always critical.

After reading the sentence carefully, the original sentence seems to contain a correct idiomatic match. Let’s review the other options.

Options D and E place the “as” in front of the “not,” but the “as” follows the “but” in Option D and there is no second “as” in Option E. Neither of these display parallel structure, so they cannot be the correct answers.

Options B and C use “rather” in place of or in addition to “but.” While “but rather” is an idiom, it is not used with “not only” (Option C), and in this situation, “rather” cannot stand on its own in this contrasting statement (Option B) and would need to be “but rather.”

Neither Options B nor C use the idiom correctly, so Option A is the best answer.
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The Dust Bowl was the result of frequent deep plowing followed by an extensive drought and high winds, but many agriculturists view it not as a senseless tragedy, but as an opportunity to develop cultivation methods with less impact on the topsoil.

Not.......But is Correct Idiom

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A. not as a senseless tragedy, but as


Correct, Not....But has been used correctly

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B. not as a senseless tragedy, rather


Not as....Rather is not Correct Idiom

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C. not only as a senseless tragedy, but rather as


Not only as......Rather as is not Parallel

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D. as not a senseless tragedy, but as


as not....but as not parallel

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E. as not a senseless tragedy, but


As not ....but an is not correct
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rohitchayal wrote:
The correct idiom is “ Not X but Y” where X and Y should be parallel that cancels out B and C in option D, X and Y are not parallel E skews the meaning which leave us with option A which uses the correct idiom and in which X and Y are parallel.

A is the correct option

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Well done, rohitchayal! You cracked the parallelism problems in this question!
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The Dust Bowl was the result of frequent deep plowing followed by an extensive drought and high winds, but many agriculturists view it not as a senseless tragedy, but as an opportunity to develop cultivation methods with less impact on the topsoil.

A. not as a senseless tragedy, but as
B. not as a senseless tragedy, rather
C. not only as a senseless tragedy, but rather as
D. as not a senseless tragedy, but as
E. as not a senseless tragedy, but


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Correct idiom ..Not X, But Y

A. not as a senseless tragedy, but as---Correct
B. not as a senseless tragedy, rather
C. not only as a senseless tragedy, but rather as
D. as not a senseless tragedy, but as-----Not parallel
E. as not a senseless tragedy, but-----Not parallel


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Marked A.
Has the correct parallel structure for “not as .... but as”.

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+1 A


The Dust Bowl was the result of frequent deep plowing followed by an extensive drought and high winds, but many agriculturists view it not as a senseless tragedy, but as an opportunity to develop cultivation methods with less impact on the topsoil.

Not.......But is Correct Idiom

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A. not as a senseless tragedy, but as


Correct, Not....But has been used correctly

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B. not as a senseless tragedy, rather


Not as....Rather is not Correct Idiom

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C. not only as a senseless tragedy, but rather as


Not only as......Rather as is not Parallel

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D. as not a senseless tragedy, but as


as not....but as not parallel

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E. as not a senseless tragedy, but


As not ....but an is not correct


Well done, LoneSurvivor!

You cracked the parallelism problems with this question, and I like the way you showed how you came to your conclusion!

Kudos to you!
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Re: The Dust Bowl was the result of frequent deep plowing followed by an [#permalink]
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Parallelism Based Problem

A. not as a senseless tragedy, but as - Perfect Parallel, correct one.
B. not as a senseless tragedy, rather - Correct Idiom is NOT X... BUT Y, Usage of Rather is incorrect.
C. not only as a senseless tragedy, but rather as - but rather is incorrect, we can't use But and Rather together. + Incorrect idiom.
D. as not a senseless tragedy, but as - Parallelism error, "as" is placed incorrectly.
E. as not a senseless tragedy, but... - Parallelism error, "as" is missing in the 2nd part of sentence.

Option A it is!!


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The Dust Bowl was the result of frequent deep plowing followed by an extensive drought and high winds, but many agriculturists view it not as a senseless tragedy, but as an opportunity to develop cultivation methods with less impact on the topsoil.

A. not as a senseless tragedy, but as
B. not as a senseless tragedy, rather
C. not only as a senseless tragedy, but rather as
D. as not a senseless tragedy, but as
E. as not a senseless tragedy, but

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