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GMAT Question of the Day – 5/1/2021


Not only is her brother an academic All-American, but he is the captain of the lacrosse team.

Please correct the sentence. 



The error in this sentence hinges around the idiomatic not only … but also construction. The sentence as written does not include “also,” so (A) is incorrect.

A quick scan to group the answers reveals that (C), (D), and (E) use “also,” while (B) does not; (B) can therefore be eliminated.

Now consider the remaining three choices. (C) includes “also” but eliminates “but,” leaving an equally incorrect not only … also structure. (D) correctly includes the not only … but also phrase, completing the sentence as required. Choice (E) also includes the not only … but also phrase, but this choice adds “as well,” creating redundancy.

(D) is correct.

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