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The largest of all the planets, not only is Jupiter three times so massive as Saturn, the next larger planet, but also possesses four of the largest satellites, or moons, in our solar system.

A: not only is Jupiter three times so massive as Saturn, the next larger

B: not only is Jupiter three times as massive as Saturn, the next largest

C: Jupiter, not only three times as massive as Saturn, the next largest

D: Jupiter not only is three times as massive as Saturn, the next largest

E: Jupiter is not only three times so massive as Saturn, the next larger
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IMO: D
A and B are out as the starting phrase should modify Jupitor.
Also there is idiom error in A(it should be 'as massive as') so E is also out.
Between C and D, there is parallelism error in C as the clause that follows 'not only' is adjective clause but the clause that follows 'but also' is verb clause.
One more error in A and E is that 'the next larger' should be 'the next largest'
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A and B can eliminated due to modifier error.
so massive as is improper here as it will not result in intended meaning. So E is incorrect choice.
Real war is between C and D,
In C, not only is placed inside non-essential modifier and is not parallel to but also phrase and there is no proper verb.
Hence C is incorrect leaving D as correct choice.
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IMHO ‘D’ is the best choice for following reasons:-
Jupiter should be close to the modifier ‘ the largest of all the planets’
‘D’ maintains parallelism in ‘Not only’... ‘But also’, and is not a fragment sentence.
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The largest of all the planets, not only is Jupiter three times so massive as Saturn, the next larger planet, but also possesses four of the largest satellites, or moons, in our solar system.

A: not only is Jupiter three times so massive as Saturn, the next larger

B: not only is Jupiter three times as massive as Saturn, the next largest

C: Jupiter, not only three times as massive as Saturn, the next largest

D: Jupiter not only is three times as massive as Saturn, the next largest

E: Jupiter is not only three times so massive as Saturn, the next larger



It was a 50/50 pick between D and E and I eventually picked E because of the "once outside, twice inside" rule for parallelism. We have the idiom not only x but also y and in choice D we have not only is x... but also y. For some reason I was under the impression to maintain parallelism it needed to be not only is x... but is also (or some variation) y. Option E has is outside the idiomatic structure.

With all that being said, the next larger sounds awful compared to the next largest.
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A: not only is Jupiter three times so massive as Saturn, the next larger
This one is straightforwardly incorrect as it incorrectly uses so rather than the idiomatically correct as...as. Also, next larger does not make sense. Let me get this straight. Jupiter is the largest, and Saturn is the next larger? Larger than what?

B: not only is Jupiter three times as massive as Saturn, the next largest
This leaves the modifier The largest of all the planets dangling. Does it modify Jupiter? Also what follows not only is not parallel to what follows but also. Simplified we get not only is Jupiter...but also possesses. Clearly that does not work.

C: Jupiter, not only three times as massive as Saturn, the next largest
The modifier is next to and clearly modifies Jupiter now, but a verb is missing. We have two parts that need to be parallel, not only... and but also... The sentence is constructed in such a way as to have a verb in the but also part, creating but also possesses. So you need something parallel to that after not only, something with a verb. You don't have to be all that mechanical about figuring this out. Just notice that Jupiter is doing something, "possesses", in the second part, and so the first part, which has no verb, does not really work with the second part.

D: Jupiter not only is three times as massive as Saturn, the next largest
This is it. Jupiter is next to the modifier, and as...as is correctly used. Then we see that the construction Jupiter not only is...but also possesses works.

E: Jupiter is not only three times so massive as Saturn, the next larger
This one is a mess. First the use of so...as is not idiomatic. Even if you don't catch that, the expression next larger does not make sense. Finally, not only three times is not parallel to but also possesses.

Choose D.
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Isnt the option D lacks parallelism

not only is ........................... but also possesses

I was confused between D and E and coz of the above reason I chose E
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Isnt the option D lacks parallelism

not only is ........................... but also possesses

I was confused between D and E and coz of the above reason I chose E

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D is actually parallel, while E is not.

Not only X But also Y
Here X and Y should have parallel structure.
In D X and Y both are predicates I.e. verb+ object.

X has linking verb 'is' while Y has verb possesses.

In E, there is no verb after in X part but Y has verb possesses.

Further E has other problems. So X as Y is not idiomatic. It should be as massive as. Further larger is wrong while largest is correct.
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The largest of all the planets, not only is Jupiter three times so massive as Saturn, the next larger planet, but also possesses four of the largest satellites, or moons, in our solar system.

A: not only is Jupiter three times so massive as Saturn, the next larger

B: not only is Jupiter three times as massive as Saturn, the next largest --> Jupiter must follow after the opening modifier

C: Jupiter, not only three times as massive as Saturn, the next largest --> Lacks a main verb !

D: Jupiter not only is three times as massive as Saturn, the next largest --> sounds %)/() but is better than the other answer choices

E: Jupiter is not only three times so massive as Saturn, the next larger


A,E are out because of the wrong structure AS...SO, it schould be AS....AS
B is alos out, Jupiter must follow the modifier sentence. So we are left with C and D
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Not only X but also Y
Jupiter not only is.. but also possesses.
X and Y should have same construction. either verb-verb or clause clause etc. Only D maintains that.
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