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# The large populations and impressive cultural achievements of the Azte

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The large populations and impressive cultural achievements of the Aztecs, the Mayas, and the Incas could not have come about without corn, which was not only nutritious but also was able to be dried, transported, and stored for long periods.

(A) which was not only nutritious but also was able to be
(B) which not only was nutritious but also could be
(C) which was not only nutritious but also it could be
(D) not only nutritious but it could also be
(E) not only nutritious but also able to be

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Originally posted by hazelnut on 21 Sep 2019, 17:42.
Last edited by Bunuel on 23 Sep 2019, 20:32, edited 1 time in total.
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21 Sep 2019, 20:55
The large populations and impressive cultural achievements of the Aztecs, the Mayas, and the Incas could not have come about without corn, which was not only nutritious but also was able to be dried, transported, and stored for long periods.

(A) which was not only nutritious but also was able to be <It means as if the corns are able to dry itself>
(B) which not only was nutritious but also could be <Correct. According to me>
(C) which was not only nutritious but also it could be < placement of Was before not only changes themeaning >
(D) not only nutritious but it could also be < No verb Present>
(E) not only nutritious but also able to be <No Verb>
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21 Sep 2019, 20:57
The large populations and impressive cultural achievements of the Aztecs, the Mayas, and the Incas could not have come about without corn, which was not only nutritious but also was able to be dried, transported, and stored for long periods.

(A) which was not only nutritious but also was able to be was able to be dried is incorrect
(B) which not only was nutritious but also could be correct
(C) which was not only nutritious but also it could be use of it distorts parallelism
(D) not only nutritious but it could also be distorts parallelism
(E) not only nutritious but also able to be grammatical usage incorrect

The idiom Not only X..... but also Y.... the words in it should be parallel.

IMO B

hazelnut: The question does not have the underlined portion.
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21 Sep 2019, 22:13
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B.
Not only X, but also X , so A,C,E are gone.
Between B and D , in B which modifies corn, so B is the answer.
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21 Sep 2019, 22:25
I like B for using correct parallelism.

Btw how did you get these questions?? Do you have the entire book??

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The large populations and impressive cultural achievements of the Aztecs, the Mayas, and the Incas could not have come about without corn, which was not only nutritious but also was able to be dried, transported, and stored for long periods.

(A) which was not only nutritious but also was able to be
(B) which not only was nutritious but also could be
(C) which was not only nutritious but also it could be
(D) not only nutritious but it could also be
(E) not only nutritious but also able to be

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Parallelism; Grammatical construction

To answer this question, we need to understand the correct use of the construction not only . . . but also . . . . We can easily eliminate the choices that use the construction inappropriately. Note that whatever immediately follows not only and but also must be grammatically parallel.

In this sentence, what immediately follows not only is an adjective (nutritious), but what immediately follows but also is a verb phrase (was able to be dried, . . . ). Therefore, this sentence does not use not only . . . but also . . . correctly, because what follows not only is not grammatically parallel with what follows but only.

Furthermore, could be dried is more idiomatically correct than was able to be dried, as is used here.

A. This choice is incorrect for the reasons discussed above.

B. Correct. This choice uses not only . . . but also … correctly. What immediately follows not only is a verb phrase (was nutritious), as is what immediately follows but also (could be dried, . . . ). Therefore, this choice has an appropriate, grammatically parallel structure.

C. This choice does not use not only . . . but also . . . correctly, because what follows not only is not grammatically parallel with what follows but only. What immediately follows not only is an adjective (nutritious), whereas what immediately follows but also is an independent clause (it could be dried, . . . ).

D. This choice uses a slight variation on the not only . . . but also construction. It is idiomatically acceptable to separate the but and also; for instance, rather than writing but also could be, you could correctly write but could also be. This variation, however should function in essentially the same way as not only . . . but also does. Grammatically parallel structures must be associated with both not only and but . . . also . . . But that is not the case in this choice: what is associated with not only is an adjective (nutritious), but what is associated with but . . . also . . . is an independent clause (it could also be dried, . . . ). Therefore, this choice is not correct.

E. This choice does not use not only . . . but also . . . correctly, because what follows not only is not grammatically parallel with what follows but also. What immediately follows not only is an adjective, whereas what follows but also is a verb phrase. Furthermore, could be dried is more idiomatically correct than able to be dried, as is used here.

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19 Oct 2019, 22:56
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Hi, for the option E, I think 'able' is an adjective, at least by definition of Cambridge Dictionary, and so 'able' is parallel with 'nutritious'. I wonder whether another reason exists for the incorrectness of option E.

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hazelnut wrote:
The large populations and impressive cultural achievements of the Aztecs, the Mayas, and the Incas could not have come about without corn, which was not only nutritious but also was able to be dried, transported, and stored for long periods.

(A) which was not only nutritious but also was able to be
(B) which not only was nutritious but also could be
(C) which was not only nutritious but also it could be
(D) not only nutritious but it could also be
(E) not only nutritious but also able to be

SC90561.01

Official Explanation

Parallelism; Grammatical construction

To answer this question, we need to understand the correct use of the construction not only . . . but also . . . . We can easily eliminate the choices that use the construction inappropriately. Note that whatever immediately follows not only and but also must be grammatically parallel.

In this sentence, what immediately follows not only is an adjective (nutritious), but what immediately follows but also is a verb phrase (was able to be dried, . . . ). Therefore, this sentence does not use not only . . . but also . . . correctly, because what follows not only is not grammatically parallel with what follows but only.

Furthermore, could be dried is more idiomatically correct than was able to be dried, as is used here.

A. This choice is incorrect for the reasons discussed above.

B. Correct. This choice uses not only . . . but also … correctly. What immediately follows not only is a verb phrase (was nutritious), as is what immediately follows but also (could be dried, . . . ). Therefore, this choice has an appropriate, grammatically parallel structure.

C. This choice does not use not only . . . but also . . . correctly, because what follows not only is not grammatically parallel with what follows but only. What immediately follows not only is an adjective (nutritious), whereas what immediately follows but also is an independent clause (it could be dried, . . . ).

D. This choice uses a slight variation on the not only . . . but also construction. It is idiomatically acceptable to separate the but and also; for instance, rather than writing but also could be, you could correctly write but could also be. This variation, however should function in essentially the same way as not only . . . but also does. Grammatically parallel structures must be associated with both not only and but . . . also . . . But that is not the case in this choice: what is associated with not only is an adjective (nutritious), but what is associated with but . . . also . . . is an independent clause (it could also be dried, . . . ). Therefore, this choice is not correct.

E. This choice does not use not only . . . but also . . . correctly, because what follows not only is not grammatically parallel with what follows but also. What immediately follows not only is an adjective, whereas what follows but also is a verb phrase. Furthermore, could be dried is more idiomatically correct than able to be dried, as is used here.

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The large populations and impressive cultural achievements of the Aztecs, the Mayas, and the Incas could not have come about without corn, which was not only nutritious but also was able to be dried, transported, and stored for long periods.

(A) which was not only nutritious but also was able to be
(B) which not only was nutritious but also could be
(C) which was not only nutritious but also it could be
(D) not only nutritious but it could also be
(E) not only nutritious but also able to be

As a matter of strategy, we must first look into the parallelism of the correlative conjunctions when we see one and then into all the rest. Not only …but also is the one under consideration here. Not only was nutritious but also could be is the only parallel structure as seen in B. All others are just jumbles.
It is surprising that such an entry-level question is included in a collection that is supposedly advanced.
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