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In the last press conference, the production manager declared that the factory had not only more efficient assembly lines than before, it also had faster packaging machines, that have reduced the cost of manufacturing by 16%.

A. more efficient assembly lines than before, it also had faster packaging machines, that have reduced the
B. more efficient assembly lines than before, but also had faster packaging machines, reducing the
C. assembly lines more efficient than before, but had faster packaging machines also, resulting in a reduction of the
D. more efficient assembly lines than before, but also faster packaging machines, resulting in a reduced
E. assembly lines more efficient than before, but faster packaging machines also, resulting in a reduction in the
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In the last press conference, the production manager declared that the factory had not only more efficient assembly lines than before, it also had faster packaging machines, that have reduced the cost of manufacturing by 16%.

A. more efficient assembly lines than before, it also had faster packaging machines, that have reduced the
B. more efficient assembly lines than before, but also had faster packaging machines, reducing the
C. assembly lines more efficient than before, but had faster packaging machines also, resulting in a reduction of the
D. more efficient assembly lines than before, but also faster packaging machines, resulting in a reduced
E. assembly lines more efficient than before, but faster packaging machines also, resulting in a reduction in the


A. Faulty parallelism structure- the factory had not only ……, it also had…. The expression more efficient assembly lines than before does not clarify whether there are more number of assembly lines that are efficient or the assembly lines are more efficient. The modifier that have reduced…wrongly refers to packaging machines, whereas it is intended to express that having assembly lines more efficient than before (or more assembly lines that are efficient) and faster packing machines has reduced the cost of manufacturing.

B. Faulty parallelism structure- the factory had not only ……, but also had…. The expression more efficient assembly lines than before does not clarify whether there are more number of assembly lines that are efficient or the assembly lines are more efficient.

C. Faulty parallelism structure- the factory had not only ……, but had……also

D. The expression more efficient assembly lines than before does not clarify whether there are more number of assembly lines that are efficient or the assembly lines are more efficient.
The expression …resulting in a reduced cost..by 16% is awkward. Better is ..resulting in a reduction in cost…by 16%.
E. Correct. Corrects all the errors above.


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The sentence doesn't have an underlined portion. please fix as the answer doesn't make sense at the moment - thanks!

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I think this is a high-quality question and the explanation isn't clear enough, please elaborate.

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I think this is a poor-quality question and I don't agree with the explanation. Your correct answer is undiomatic - not only x...but x also...

The correct idiom - not only x...but also y...

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I think this is a poor-quality question and the explanation isn't clear enough, please elaborate. I thought when using idioms like "not only X but also Y", X and Y has to be in parallel form. In answer choice E, "assembly lines more efficient than before" and "faster packaging machines" are not parallel. How does that work?

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I think this is a poor-quality question and I don't agree with the explanation. Your correct answer is undiomatic - not only x...but x also...

The correct idiom - not only x...but also y...


The phrasing "but x also" and "but also x" are grammatically equivalent. There is no issue on that regard.

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I think this is a poor-quality question and the explanation isn't clear enough, please elaborate. I thought when using idioms like "not only X but also Y", X and Y has to be in parallel form. In answer choice E, "assembly lines more efficient than before" and "faster packaging machines" are not parallel. How does that work?


X = assembly lines
Y = packaging machines

Both are nouns and hence the parallelism is alright.

The relative clause "(which is) more efficient than before" is a modifier for "assembly lines". Adding a modifier to one of the parallel elements (or to both) does not affect the parallelism.

(Also note that it is a common stylistic practice to drop the relative pronoun from a relative clause.)

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this question seems incorrect as in option E does not use the idiom "not only but also" correctly.


The idiom is correct - "but...... also" is alright.

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not only more efficient assembly lines than before


As stated in the OE this sentence has ambiguity in the meaning i.e whether there are more number of assembly lines that are efficient or the assembly lines are more efficient. Both options seem to make sense then how can you pick one over the other? Should one stick to the original sentence in the question?

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not only more efficient assembly lines than before


As stated in the OE this sentence has ambiguity in the meaning i.e whether there are more number of assembly lines that are efficient or the assembly lines are more efficient. Both options seem to make sense then how can you pick one over the other? Should one stick to the original sentence in the question?


E does not have ambiguity. In E it is clear that the assembly lines are more efficient (not that there are more assembly lines.)
A,B and D can be eliminated because of the ambiguity. Between C and E, C has parallelism error. Hence E is correct: no ambiguity and correct parallelism.

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mikemcgarry: Hey Mike- can you please help me chose between option D and E. the correct answer mentioned is CHoice E, but I am having a hard time to digest this. Please throw some light. Thanks always.
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