Sentence Correction
Verbal Ability

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Q.

Ricks has written extensively on not only major figures in English poetry like Milton and Housman, but also on the lyrics of Bob Dylan.

 A.

on not only major figures in English poetry like Milton, but also on

 B.

not only on the poetry of such major figures as Milton and Housman, but also on

 C.

not only on major figures in English poetry like Milton and Housman, but also on

 D.

on major figures in English poetry like Milton and Housman, as well as 

 E.

on major figures in English poetry such as Milton and Housman, but also on

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Solution:
Option(B) is correct

In A the paired conjunctions ‘not only... but also’ are not used with correct parallel phrases: if ‘not only’ is followed by a prepositional phrase, ‘but also’ should also be followed by a preposition. The parallelism is not correct in D either.

The expression ‘such as’ is better than ‘like’ when we are giving examples, and so we can focus on B and E. B is better as the poetry of major figures (not the figures themselves) is contrasted to the lyrics of Dylan. In answer E the ‘but also’ is not correct without a ‘not’ earlier in the sentence.


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Vignesh
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The answer should be C. Option B indicates that Rick wrote about the poetry of the great figures which is not what the original sentence implies.