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# The top two students, Arthur and Abraham, excelled not only academical

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The top two students, Arthur and Abraham, excelled not only academically but in athletics too.

(A) excelled not only academically but in athletics too

(B) excelled not only academically and also athletically

(C) engaged in excellence not only academically but athletically

(D) excelled not only academically but also in athletics

(E) excelled not only academically but also athletically

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15 Feb 2019, 03:15
Bunuel wrote:
The top two students, Arthur and Abraham, excelled not only academically but in athletics too.

(A) excelled not only academically but in athletics too

(B) excelled not only academically and also athletically

(C) engaged in excellence not only academically but athletically

(D) excelled not only academically but also in athletics

(E) excelled not only academically but also athletically

IMO E

The use of Idiom not only....but also is correct, and academically is parallel with athletically
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16 Feb 2019, 04:57
Bunuel wrote:
The top two students, Arthur and Abraham, excelled not only academically but in athletics too.

(A) excelled not only academically but in athletics too

(B) excelled not only academically and also athletically

(C) engaged in excellence not only academically but athletically

(D) excelled not only academically but also in athletics

(E) excelled not only academically but also athletically

corelative conjunction
not only x... but also y...
IMO E
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16 Feb 2019, 05:58
Bunuel wrote:
The top two students, Arthur and Abraham, excelled not only academically but in athletics too.

Not only + but also ---- Correct expression

Academically ---- athletically --- Parallel elements

(A) excelled not only academically but in athletics too

"but also" missing. "Academically" is an adverb and "in athletics too" is a prepositional phrase.

(B) excelled not only academically and also athletically

"But" is missing before "also"

(C) engaged in excellence not only academically but athletically

meaning change. "but also" is missing

(D) excelled not only academically but also in athletics

(E) excelled not only academically but also athletically
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27 Feb 2019, 03:14
Bunuel wrote:
The top two students, Arthur and Abraham, excelled not only academically but in athletics too.

(A) excelled not only academically but in athletics too

(B) excelled not only academically and also athletically

(C) engaged in excellence not only academically but athletically

(D) excelled not only academically but also in athletics

(E) excelled not only academically but also athletically

OFFICIAL EXPLANATION:

E. excelled not only academically but also athletically

To maintain parallel structure, the two elements joined by the conjunction but must share the same grammatical form. So athletically is a better choice to pair with academically than is “in athletics.” Eliminate Choices (A) and (D). The conjunction not only must be paired with either but also or but, so Choice (B) is out. Choice (C) contains the awkward phrasing “engaged in excellence,” which is less precise than simply excelled. Choice (E) is the best answer.
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