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# The prime lending rate is a key rate in the economy: not

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07 Aug 2005, 07:18
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The prime lending rate is a key rate in the economy: not only are the interest rates on most loans to small and medium-sized businesses tied to the prime, but also on a growing number of consumer loans, including home equity loans.

(A) not only are the interest rates on most loans to small and medium-sized businesses tied to the prime, but also on
(B) tied to the prime are the interest rates not only on most loans to small and medium-sized businesses, but also on
(C) the interest rates not only on most loans to small and medium-sized businesses are tied to the prime, but also
(D) not only the interest rates on most loans to small and medium-sized businesses are tied to the prime, but also on
(E) the interest rates are tied to the prime, not only on most loans to small and medium-sized businesses, but also

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07 Aug 2005, 07:36
(A) changes the meaning
(C) but also (on) - is required
(D) not only the interest rates on most loans to small and medium-sized businesses are tied to the prime, but also on
(E) but also (on) - is required

D it is.

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07 Aug 2005, 09:21
It should be 'B'.

here 'not only...but also' should convey exact meaning by maintaining parallel structure.

I guess, the sentence talks about "the interest rates being tied to the prime" on two XYZs.

C & E - out since they omit 'on' at the end.

A & D - out since they commit same mistake of including "interest rates....." in such way that it applies only to XYZ following 'not only' but not to XYZ following 'but also'

B is the best bet.

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07 Aug 2005, 09:31
B is the one.

All have problems except B

The structure should be

Subject + verb + not only on X but (also) on Y

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07 Aug 2005, 10:46
good question....
B is the only parralled choice, its structure is inverted.

thank you, thank you, thank you.

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08 Aug 2005, 07:00
Thank you for participating. The OA is B

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09 Aug 2005, 14:43
Could you verify the underlined portion please!
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