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# The voluminous personal papers of Thomas Alva Edison reveal

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The voluminous personal papers of Thomas Alva Edison reveal that his inventions typically sprang to life not in a flash of inspiration but evolved slowly from previous works

A) sprang to life not in a flash of inspiration but evolved slowly
B) sprang to life not in a flash of inspiration but were slowly evolved
C) did not spring to life in a flash of inspiration but evolved slowly
D) did not spring to life in a flash of inspiration but had slowly evolved
E) did not spring to life in a flash of inspiration but they were slowly evolved

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18 Mar 2006, 11:03
C) did not spring to life in a flash of inspiration but evolved slowly

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18 Mar 2006, 15:30
^ C ^

did not spring to life in a flash of inspiration but evolved slowly

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Parallelism + Idiom

The construction not....but shows a contrast. The words following not must be parallel in construction to the words following but. In the original sentence not is followed by a prepositional phrase (in a flash of inspiration); but is followed by a verb (evolved). To make the two contrasting elements parallel, not should be followed by a verb rather than a phrase.

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20 Mar 2006, 00:21
A) sprang to life not in a flash of inspiration but evolved slowly
B) 'were slowly evolved' is wrong
C) did not spring to life in a flash of inspiration but evolved slowly
D) 'had slowly' is not appropriate
E) 'they' incorrectly points to inspiration

Between A and C, I go with C. A is awkward.

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14 Aug 2014, 06:04
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14 Aug 2014, 23:54
SimaQ wrote:
The voluminous personal papers of Thomas Alva Edison reveal that his inventions typically sprang to life not in a flash of inspiration but evolved slowly from previous works

A) sprang to life not in a flash of inspiration but evolved slowly
B) sprang to life not in a flash of inspiration but were slowly evolved
C) did not spring to life in a flash of inspiration but evolved slowly
D) did not spring to life in a flash of inspiration but had slowly evolved
E) did not spring to life in a flash of inspiration but they were slowly evolved

A,B are out because of incorrect idiom. Not in x but in y is correct.
D is passive, had is unnecessary
E they were slowly evolved is wordy

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