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# Thomas Mann's novel Doctor Faustus offers an examination not only of

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Thomas Mann's novel Doctor Faustus offers an examination not only of how difficult it is to reconcile reason, will, and passion together in any art form, but also a skillfully navigated exploration of the major concerns of modernism.

A. an examination not only of how difficult it is to reconcile reason, will, and passion together in any art form, but

B. an examination not only about the difficulty of reconciling reason, will, and passion in any art form, and

C. not only an examination of how difficult it is to reconcile reason, will, and passion in any art form, and

D. not only an examination about the difficulty with reconciling reason, will, and passion together in any art form, but

E. not only an examination of the difficulty of reconciling reason, will, and passion in any art form, but

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21 Jun 2018, 02:08
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E SHOULD BE CORRECT.

E rectify the unidiomatic usgae of not only ..... but also as in A, B, C

Between D & E subtle difference in meaning makes E more preferable contender.

Bunuel I think you forgot to underline this SC, if you could please underline will be helpful.
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21 Jun 2018, 02:14
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E SHOULD BE CORRECT.

E rectify the unidiomatic usgae of not only ..... but also as in A, B, C

Between D & E subtle difference in meaning makes E more preferable contender.

Bunuel I think you forgot to underline this SC, if you could please underline will be helpful.

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21 Jun 2018, 10:21
+1 for E.

A. an examination not only of how difficult it is to reconcile reason, will, and passion together in any art form, but

B. an examination not only about the difficulty of reconciling reason, will, and passion in any art form, and

C. not only an examination of how difficult it is to reconcile reason, will, and passion in any art form, and

D. not only an examination about the difficulty with reconciling reason, will, and passion together in any art form, but

E. not only an examination of the difficulty of reconciling reason, will, and passion in any art form, but --> Correct, Not only X, but also Y
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Thomas Mann's novel Doctor Faustus offers an examination not only of how difficult it is to reconcile reason, will, and passion together in any art form, but also a skillfully navigated exploration of the major concerns of modernism.

A. an examination not only of how difficult it is to reconcile reason, will, and passion together in any art form, but

B. an examination not only about the difficulty of reconciling reason, will, and passion in any art form, and

C. not only an examination of how difficult it is to reconcile reason, will, and passion in any art form, and

D. not only an examination about the difficulty with reconciling reason, will, and passion together in any art form, but

E. not only an examination of the difficulty of reconciling reason, will, and passion in any art form, but

Answer E use correct parallelism, not only an examination of the......but also a skillfully navigated exploration of the...

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Thomas Mann's novel Doctor Faustus offers an examination not only of how difficult it is to reconcile reason, will, and passion together in any art form, but also a skillfully navigated exploration of the major concerns of modernism.

A. an examination not only of how difficult it is to reconcile reason, will, and passion together in any art form, but

B. an examination not only about the difficulty of reconciling reason, will, and passion in any art form, and

C. not only an examination of how difficult it is to reconcile reason, will, and passion in any art form, and

D. not only an examination about the difficulty with reconciling reason, will, and passion together in any art form, but

E. not only an examination of the difficulty of reconciling reason, will, and passion in any art form, but

It uses idiom - not only X but also Y. And X & Y should be parallel.

And to solve this question we need to pay attention to non-underlined part of the question. It starts with a noun - a skillfully navigated exploration

Y - a skillfully navigated exploration

X - an examination.........

Hence eliminate A & B.

Please notice the "and" at the end of choice. Eliminate C.

D is wordy. the use - about the difficulty with reconciling reason, will, and passion together in any art form - is incorrect.
Also x,y and z together. It is an redundancy in play. Eliminate D.

Hence E is best of all.
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23 Jun 2018, 04:03
Thomas Mann's novel Doctor Faustus offers an examination not only of how difficult it is to reconcile reason, will, and passion together in any art form, but also a skillfully navigated exploration of the major concerns of modernism.

A. an examination not only of how difficult it is to reconcile reason, will, and passion together in any art form, but ALSO A SKILLFULLY NAVIGATED EXPLORATION - Parallelism error

B. an examination not only about the difficulty of reconciling reason, will, and passion in any art form, and also IDIOM : NOT ONLY.... BUT ALSO.... & parallelism error

C. not only an examination of how difficult it is to reconcile reason, will, and passion in any art form, and --- IDIOM ERROR: NOT ONLY.... BUT ALSO....

D. not only an examination about the difficulty with reconciling reason, will, and passion together in any art form, but
examination about the difficulty with reconciling... WRONG.

E. not only an examination of the difficulty of reconciling reason, will, and passion in any art form, but = CORRECTED ALL ABOVE STATED ERRORS. CORRECT ANSWER
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23 Jun 2018, 04:28
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Thomas Mann's novel Doctor Faustus offers an examination not only of how difficult it is to reconcile reason, will, and passion together in any art form, but also a skillfully navigated exploration of the major concerns of modernism.

A. an examination not only of how difficult it is to reconcile reason, will, and passion together in any art form, but

B. an examination not only about the difficulty of reconciling reason, will, and passion in any art form, and

C. not only an examination of how difficult it is to reconcile reason, will, and passion in any art form, and

D. not only an examination about the difficulty with reconciling reason, will, and passion together in any art form, but

E. not only an examination of the difficulty of reconciling reason, will, and passion in any art form, but

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Two errors that can get you to Correct answer..

1)idiom is NOT ONLY..... BUT ALSO...
C can be eliminated..
2) not only X ..... but also Y...
X and Y have to be PARALLEL..
Y here is non underlined portion and is a noun phrase, so X should also be a NOUN phrase..

Only E left
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23 Jun 2018, 21:08
Hello Everyone!

Here is another great example of a question that focuses on two major concepts found in several GMAT Sentence Correction questions: parallel structure and idiomatic structure. Let’s start with idiomatic structure, and narrow our answers down to only a few options.

The idiomatic structure used here should be “not only X, but also Y.” Right away, we can rule out answers B and C because they use “not only X, and also Y,” which is INCORRECT.

This leaves us with answers A, D, and E. To find the right answer, let’s now look at parallel structure. The correct answer will use parallel structure for both the X and Y parts of the idiom:

A. an examination not only of how difficult it is to reconcile reason, will, and passion together in any art form, but also a skillfully navigated exploration of the major concerns of modernism

This is NOT PARALLEL because the phrase “an examination” needs to come after “not only” for this to be parallel. Therefore, this is INCORRECT.

D. not only an examination about the difficulty with reconciling reason, will, and passion together in any art form, but also a skillfully navigated exploration of the major concerns of modernism

This one is tricky, but it is also NOT PARALLEL because the phrases “an examination about” and “a skillfully navigated exploration of” are not parallel – they both need to say “about” or “of” to work. Therefore, this is also INCORRECT.

E. not only an examination of the difficulty of reconciling reason, will, and passion in any art form, but also a skillfully navigated exploration of the major concerns of modernism

This answer is PARALLEL in structure on both sides! It is the CORRECT answer!

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26 Jul 2018, 06:17
chetan2u wrote:
Bunuel wrote:
Thomas Mann's novel Doctor Faustus offers an examination not only of how difficult it is to reconcile reason, will, and passion together in any art form, but also a skillfully navigated exploration of the major concerns of modernism.

A. an examination not only of how difficult it is to reconcile reason, will, and passion together in any art form, but

B. an examination not only about the difficulty of reconciling reason, will, and passion in any art form, and

C. not only an examination of how difficult it is to reconcile reason, will, and passion in any art form, and

D. not only an examination about the difficulty with reconciling reason, will, and passion together in any art form, but

E. not only an examination of the difficulty of reconciling reason, will, and passion in any art form, but

NEW question from GMAT® Official Guide 2019

(SC01470)

Two errors that can get you to Correct answer..

1)idiom is NOT ONLY..... BUT ALSO...
C can be eliminated..
2) not only X ..... but also Y...
X and Y have to be PARALLEL..
Y here is non underlined portion and is a noun phrase, so X should also be a NOUN phrase..

Only E left

Is the usage of both "reconcile" and "together" redundant in a sentence?
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15 Jan 2019, 11:48
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Hello Everyone!

Here is another great example of a question that focuses on two major concepts found in several GMAT Sentence Correction questions: parallel structure and idiomatic structure. Let’s start with idiomatic structure, and narrow our answers down to only a few options.

The idiomatic structure used here should be “not only X, but also Y.” Right away, we can rule out answers B and C because they use “not only X, and also Y,” which is INCORRECT.

This leaves us with answers A, D, and E. To find the right answer, let’s now look at parallel structure. The correct answer will use parallel structure for both the X and Y parts of the idiom:

A. an examination not only of how difficult it is to reconcile reason, will, and passion together in any art form, but also a skillfully navigated exploration of the major concerns of modernism

This is NOT PARALLEL because the phrase “an examination” needs to come after “not only” for this to be parallel. Therefore, this is INCORRECT.

D. not only an examination about the difficulty with reconciling reason, will, and passion together in any art form, but also a skillfully navigated exploration of the major concerns of modernism

This one is tricky, but it is also NOT PARALLEL because the phrases “an examination about” and “a skillfully navigated exploration of” are not parallel – they both need to say “about” or “of” to work. Therefore, this is also INCORRECT.

E. not only an examination of the difficulty of reconciling reason, will, and passion in any art form, but also a skillfully navigated exploration of the major concerns of modernism

This answer is PARALLEL in structure on both sides! It is the CORRECT answer!

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Hi Can you help with the correct proposition used with the word examination?
Do we use examination of/about both?
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19 Feb 2019, 09:58
in choice D, reconcile can not go with "together". reconcile somethings, reconcile somthing to something. we do not have reconcile together.
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Thomas Mann's novel Doctor Faustus offers an examination not only of how difficult it is to reconcile reason, will, and passion together in any art form, but also a skillfully navigated exploration of the major concerns of modernism.

ALWAYS SAVE TIME BY ELIMINATING FIRST

Elimination 1
Since there is a clear "a" after also in non underlined portion, we cannot have a construction as in A and B.

Elimination 2
Idiomatic usage dictates "not only...... but also", Unlike that in C.

ELIMINATION 3
This gets tricky
Usually people pick E because of clarity and concision
BUT
Logically it follows that it is an examination of something, not an exam about something with something else (as in D)

A. an examination not only of how difficult it is to reconcile reason, will, and passion together in any art form, but (ELIMINATION 1)

B. an examination not only about the difficulty of reconciling reason, will, and passion in any art form, and(ELIMINATION 1)

C. not only an examination of how difficult it is to reconcile reason, will, and passion in any art form, and (ELIMINATION 2)

D. not only an examination about the difficulty with reconciling reason, will, and passion together in any art form, but (ELIMINATION 3)

E. not only an examination of the difficulty of reconciling reason, will, and passion in any art form, but (ELIMINATION 3)
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