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The suppression of the student demonstrations in Beijing's Tienanmen s

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The suppression of the student demonstrations in Beijing's Tienanmen square in 1989 left not only hundreds injured but also 2000 or more than 2000 dead as estimated by the Chinese Red Cross.

A. The suppression of the student demonstrations in Beijing's Tienanmen square in 1989 left not only hundreds injured but also 2000 or more than 2000 dead
B. The suppression of the student demonstrations in Beijing's Tienanmen square in 1989 left hundreds injured but also at least 2000 dead
C. The suppression of the student demonstrations in Beijing's Tienanmen square in 1989 left not only hundreds injured but also killed at least 2000
D. In 1989, the suppression of the student demonstrations in Beijing's Tienanmen square left not only hundreds injured but also at least 2000 dead
E. The suppression of the student demonstrations in Beijing's Tienanmen square in 1989 left not only hundreds injured but at least 2000 dead

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The suppression of the student demonstrations in Beijing's Tienanmen square in 1989 left not only hundreds injured but also 2000 or more than 2000 dead as estimated by the Chinese Red Cross.

"not only X but also Y" should have the elements X and Y parallel. The original sentence in a bit wordy with the phrase marked in red above.

A. The suppression of the student demonstrations in Beijing's Tienanmen square in 1989 left not only hundreds injured but also 2000 or more than 2000 dead
Incorrect as mentioned above.

B. The suppression of the student demonstrations in Beijing's Tienanmen square in 1989 left hundreds injured but also at least 2000 dead
Incorrect. Absence of "not only"

C. The suppression of the student demonstrations in Beijing's Tienanmen square in 1989 left not only hundreds injured but also killed at least 2000
Incorrect, X and Y elements are not parallel.

D. In 1989, the suppression of the student demonstrations in Beijing's Tienanmen square left not only hundreds injured but also at least 2000 dead
Correct.

E. The suppression of the student demonstrations in Beijing's Tienanmen square in 1989 left not only hundreds injured but at least 2000 dead
Incorrect. "not only X but also Y" is the correct idiom.
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Apart from the many other errors of diction, and correlative parallelism, there is a subtle error of 'wrong word order' that is spoiling the intent of the passage. All the events, the demonstrations, suppression, and the subsequent injury and death happened in the year 1989, not just the demonstrations alone in the T Square; To place in 1989 just after the T Square is therefore a wrong word order. We should rather place it at the head of the passage to modify the entire sequence of events thereof. Only D does that.
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Apart from the many other errors of diction, and correlative parallelism, there is a subtle error of 'wrong word order' that is spoiling the intent of the passage. All the events, the demonstrations, suppression, and the subsequent injury and death happened in the year 1989, not just the demonstrations alone in the T Square; To place in 1989 just after the T Square is therefore a wrong word order. We should rather place it at the head of the passage to modify the entire sequence of events thereof. Only D does that.


daagh you have raised a very important point but I think this can't be a criteria here to just select D. Even structure of the other options with 1989 in the middle of the sentence conveys the message very well.

What it says is the suppression which happened in 1989 caused such and such things. That means Author is referring to a suppression and describing it "as it happened in 1989" and then further describing the consequences of the suppression. So message is well conveyed. I don't find any flaw in this structure..
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The suppression of the student demonstrations in Beijing's Tienanmen square in 1989 left not only hundreds injured but also 2000 or more than 2000 dead as estimated by the Chinese Red Cross.

A. The suppression of the student demonstrations in Beijing's Tienanmen square in 1989 left not only hundreds injured but also 2000 or more than 2000 dead
B. The suppression of the student demonstrations in Beijing's Tienanmen square in 1989 left hundreds injured but also at least 2000 dead
C. The suppression of the student demonstrations in Beijing's Tienanmen square in 1989 left not only hundreds injured but also killed at least 2000
D. In 1989, the suppression of the student demonstrations in Beijing's Tienanmen square left not only hundreds injured but also at least 2000 dead
E. The suppression of the student demonstrations in Beijing's Tienanmen square in 1989 left not only hundreds injured but at least 2000 dead


Original sentence.... : The sentence should follow NOT ONLY x BUT ALSO y structure which is there in original sentence. 2000 or more than 2000 dead is wordy and can be easily reduced to some shorter form. Hundreds injured.... 2000 dead (parallelism) should be followed.

A. The suppression of the student demonstrations in Beijing's Tienanmen square in 1989 left not only hundreds injured but also 2000 or more than 2000 dead
Wordy as explained above.
B. The suppression of the student demonstrations in Beijing's Tienanmen square in 1989 left hundreds injured but also at least 2000 dead
Not only is missing.. But also is there
C. The suppression of the student demonstrations in Beijing's Tienanmen square in 1989 left not only hundreds injured but also killed at least 2000
Not following parallelism
D. In 1989, the suppression of the student demonstrations in Beijing's Tienanmen square left not only hundreds injured but also at least 2000 dead
It is correct.
E. The suppression of the student demonstrations in Beijing's Tienanmen square in 1989 left not only hundreds injured but at least 2000 dead
But also is missing.


Answer D
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