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The quality of early pieces of blown glass excavated in Italy and Western Europe by far surpass those of pieces from the eastern Mediterranean, when regarded not only in terms of the variety of shapes represented, but also in terms of decorative techniques
and functionality.

A. by far surpass those of pieces from the eastern Mediterranean, when regarded not only in terms of
B. surpasses by far those from the eastern Mediterranean, with regard not only to
C. far surpass that of pieces from the eastern Mediterranean, not only regarding
D. far surpasses that of the eastern Mediterranean, with regard to not only
E. far surpasses that of pieces from the eastern Mediterranean, not only with regard to
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Hi Nitin,

Thanks for posting your query here!

Option C has a fairly straightforward parallelism error: you need to apply the idiom "not only X but also Y". Since "regarding" is not parallel to "in terms of", there's a parallelism error here. In the correct answer, you'll find that the phrases "with regard to" and "in terms of" both start with prepositions, making the phrases parallel and thus adhering to the "not only X but also Y" construction.

I hope this helps with your doubt!

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The quality of early pieces of blown glass excavated in Italy and Western Europe by
far surpass those of pieces from the eastern Mediterranean, when regarded not only in
terms of
the variety of shapes represented, but also in terms of decorative techniques
and functionality.
A. by far surpass those of pieces from the eastern Mediterranean, when regarded
not only in terms of
B. surpasses by far those from the eastern Mediterranean, with regard not only to
C. far surpass that of pieces from the eastern Mediterranean, not only regarding
D. far surpasses that of the eastern Mediterranean, with regard to not only
E. far surpasses that of pieces from the eastern Mediterranean, not only with
regard to

1. "the quality" disagrees with "surpass", A and C out
2. "the quality" disagrees with "those", B out also
3. "not only the variety..." and "but also in terms of..." do not parallel, D out

E is the best
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The quality of early pieces of blown glass excavated in Italy and Western Europe by
far surpass those of pieces from the eastern Mediterranean, when regarded not only in
terms of
the variety of shapes represented, but also in terms of decorative techniques
and functionality.

A. by far surpass those of pieces from the eastern Mediterranean, when regarded
not only in terms of
The quality is singular subject.
B. surpasses by far those from the eastern Mediterranean, with regard not only to
"
those" is ambiguous - pieces / quality of pieces ??
not only ... but also needs to be parallel. Because we have "but also in terms" ahead, we can have parallel "not only in terms" or similar element.

C. far surpass that of pieces from the eastern Mediterranean, not only regarding
D. far surpasses that of the eastern Mediterranean, with regard to not only
E. far surpasses that of pieces from the eastern Mediterranean, not only with
regard to
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The quality of early pieces of blown glass excavated in Italy and Western Europe by
far surpass those of pieces from the eastern Mediterranean, when regarded not only in
terms of
the variety of shapes represented, but also in terms of decorative techniques
and functionality.
A. by far surpass those of pieces from the eastern Mediterranean, when regarded
not only in terms of
B. surpasses by far those from the eastern Mediterranean, with regard not only to
C. far surpass that of pieces from the eastern Mediterranean, not only regarding
D. far surpasses that of the eastern Mediterranean, with regard to not only
E. far surpasses that of pieces from the eastern Mediterranean, not only with
regard to

Comparison is between 'quality of early pieces of blown glass' and 'quality of pieces from EM'. To have correct comparison we need 'that' instead of 'those'. A and B are out

Notice an idiom- not only in terms of, but also in terms of. C and D are out.

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20 Dec 2008, 23:49
yep A for // ism also retains the original meaning of the sentence.
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21 Dec 2008, 15:17
E is my choice

The subject is Quality and singular, needs singular verb surpasses. Hence A & C are out.

D is out because it compares Quality of X to Quality of EM

Between B & E, E is correct as the not only but also sequence is parallel. In B it is broken.
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28 Dec 2008, 07:28
I also think E
but at the end it seems awakward
well no other good choice
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OA: E

A. by far surpass those of pieces from the eastern Mediterranean, when regarded not only in terms of
B. surpasses by far those from the eastern Mediterranean, with regard not only to ->those from em point to piece of glass but here we are comparing the quality
C. far surpass that of pieces from the eastern Mediterranean, not only regarding-> Parallelism issue
D. far surpasses that of the eastern Mediterranean, with regard to not only-> sub -verb issue and parallelism issue
E. far surpasses that of pieces from the eastern Mediterranean, not only with regard to
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09 Feb 2014, 02:05
Hi E-GMAT,

The quality of early pieces of blown glass excavated in Italy and Western Europe by
far surpass those of pieces from the eastern Mediterranean, when regarded not only in
terms of
the variety of shapes represented, but also in terms of decorative techniques
and functionality.
A. by far surpass those of pieces from the eastern Mediterranean, when regarded
not only in terms of
B. surpasses by far those from the eastern Mediterranean, with regard not only to
C. far surpass that of pieces from the eastern Mediterranean, not only regarding
D. far surpasses that of the eastern Mediterranean, with regard to not only
E. far surpasses that of pieces from the eastern Mediterranean, not only with
regard to

My query is with choice C, apart form the Subject -verb issues , can you please explain me what is wrong with "not only --- But also " structure.?

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The quality of early pieces of blown glass excavated in Italy and Western Europe by far surpass those of pieces from the eastern Mediterranean, when regarded not only in terms of the variety of shapes represented, but also in terms of decorative techniques and functionality.

A. by farsurpass those of pieces from the eastern Mediterranean,when regarded not only in terms of
B. surpasses by far those from the eastern Mediterranean, with regard not only to....CORRECT
C. far surpassthatof pieces from the eastern Mediterranean, not onlyregarding
D. far surpasses that of the eastern Mediterranean, with regard to not only
E. far surpassesthat of pieces from the eastern Mediterranean, not only with regard to
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08 Aug 2015, 01:18
I also went with E but what distracted me in A was "not only in terms of the variety of shapes represented, but also in terms of" which looked parallel. Anyone wants to shed some light!
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