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Czech-born American tennis player Martina Navratilova not only reached the Wimbledon singles finals an impressive 12 times, holding a record for the most women’s singles titles won at Wimbledon: 9.

A. holding a record for the most women’s singles titles won at Wimbledon: 9
B. holding a record of 9, the most women’s singles titles won at Wimbledon
C. but she also holds a record of 9, the most women’s singles titles won at Wimbledon
D. but she also, having won 9 women’s singles titles, holds a record at Wimbledon
E. but also holds a record for the most women’s singles titles won at Wimbledon: 9

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Czech-born American tennis player Martina Navratilova not only reached the Wimbledon singles finals an impressive 12 times, holding a record for the most women’s singles titles won at Wimbledon: 9.

A. holding a record for the most women’s singles titles won at Wimbledon: 9
B. holding a record of 9, the most women’s singles titles won at Wimbledon
C. but she also holds a record of 9, the most women’s singles titles won at Wimbledon
D. but she also, having won 9 women’s singles titles, holds a record at Wimbledon
E. but also holds a record for the most women’s singles titles won at Wimbledon: 9

The idiom being tested in this sentence is the construction not only...but also. The not only reached in the first part of the sentence requires a parallel but also + past tense verb in the second part. The original sentence’s failure to use this construction correctly has also resulted in an incomplete sentence.
1. This option does not correctly use the idiom not only...but also, and the word holding at the beginning of the clause makes the sentence incomplete.
2. Holding at the beginning of the clause forms an incomplete sentence because it does not correctly use the idiom not only...but also. Additionally, this option is wordy.
3. The phrase she also holds a record of 9 does not make sense.
4. This option correctly uses not only...but also, but it is unnecessarily wordy.
5. The idiom not only...but also is correctly used here, and the verb phrase she also holds forms a complete sentence.

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10 Nov 2014, 11:01
The answer choice E completely changes the intended meaning of the choice....

but she also holds a record for the most singles titles won at Wimbledon: 9

The choice does not mention the word "women's"...
Original intend is to mention that Martina holds record for the most women's singles titles. Whereas this option mentions just 'singles title'.

Also, I think the word 'she' must be excluded form all options.

Answer choice E is skewing the meaning. How can it be correct. Please explain..THanks...
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25 Dec 2014, 20:07
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why is D wrong?
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12 Jun 2015, 14:54
I agree wit Vinraj.

E changes the meaning of the sentence. Now, I assume this was a typo or careless omission, however, while taking the exam, I assumed this 'change in meaning' was the trick. Unfortunately, getting this 500 level question wrong really skewed my verbal score on that exam
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24 Apr 2016, 19:42
E does not have "women". Is not this traditionally an incorrect answer? Meaning is very important to GMAT, how can this one be an exception? I liked E but chose D only because of "women" in D.
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25 Apr 2016, 23:18
dina98 wrote:
E does not have "women". Is not this traditionally an incorrect answer? Meaning is very important to GMAT, how can this one be an exception? I liked E but chose D only because of "women" in D.

Thank you for pointing out ....corrected.
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26 Apr 2016, 08:00
GMATClub test also has this error. Please correct the answer choice over there as well.
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26 Apr 2016, 09:14
dina98 wrote:
GMATClub test also has this error. Please correct the answer choice over there as well.

Yes, updated in the test section as well. Thank you.
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05 Mar 2017, 12:01
The correct idiom is "not only but also ", which is not the same as "not only, but also". If a comma is inserted in between, the part after the comma acts as a new clause and requires a subject (Similar to sentences where normal "but" is used ). Ex: They were hungry, but they had to leave.
Shouldn't it be:
Czech-born American tennis player Martina Navratilova not only reached the Wimbledon singles finals an impressive 12 times but also holds a record for the most women’s singles titles won at Wimbledon: 9.
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12 Mar 2017, 09:59
Messer wrote:
The correct idiom is "not only but also ", which is not the same as "not only, but also". If a comma is inserted in between, the part after the comma acts as a new clause and requires a subject (Similar to sentences where normal "but" is used ). Ex: They were hungry, but they had to leave.
Shouldn't it be:
Czech-born American tennis player Martina Navratilova not only reached the Wimbledon singles finals an impressive 12 times but also holds a record for the most women’s singles titles won at Wimbledon: 9.

Your point is very well thought. In general "not only.. but also.." construction does not take a comma, but it is acceptable to use a comma when an emphasis is intended.
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