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## Doctors generally agree that such factors (source: sc1000)

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#### Doctors generally agree that such factors (source: sc1000)

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8. Doctors generally agree that such factors as cigarette smoking， eating rich foods high in fats， and alcohol consumption [url]not only do damage by themselves but also aggravate[/url] genetic predispositions toward certain diseases.

（A） not only do damage by themselves but also aggravate

（B） do damage by themselves but also are aggravating to

（C） are damaging by themselves but also are aggravating

（D） not only do damage by themselves， they are also aggravating to

（E） are doing damage by themselves， and they are also aggravating

OA is A

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Tue Mar 30, 2010 12:41 am
This tests Idiom. not only..but also
that being said, the elements inside should be parallel too.
for eg u cannot have an infinitive next to not only and a verb after but also.
U need to keep things parallel in an idiom too.

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Tue Mar 30, 2010 1:02 am
Not only X but also Y
X and Y should be parallel

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Tue Mar 30, 2010 1:11 am
fx678 wrote:
8. Doctors generally agree that such factors as cigarette smoking， eating rich foods high in fats， and alcohol consumption [url]not only do damage by themselves but also aggravate[/url] genetic predispositions toward certain diseases.

（A） not only do damage by themselves but also aggravate
correct
（B） do damage by themselves but also are aggravating to
not llel and unidiomatic
（C） are damaging by themselves but also are aggravating
unidiomatic
（D） not only do damage by themselves， they are also aggravating to
unidiomatic
（E） are doing damage by themselves， and they are also aggravating
doing damage is wordier .....they has no clear ref
OA is A

idiom or paralism?

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A) Doctors generally agree that such factors as cigarette smoking, eating rich foods high in fats, and alcohol consumption not only do damage by themselves but also aggravate genetic predispositions toward certain disease.

Shouldn't the three elements

cigarette smoking

eating rich foods

alcohol consumption

be parallel? I think they aren't? shouldn't it be e.g. "eating of rich foods" so that the expression acts as a noun?

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fx678 wrote:
8. Doctors generally agree that such factors as cigarette smoking， eating rich foods high in fats， and alcohol consumption [url]not only do damage by themselves but also aggravate[/url] genetic predispositions toward certain diseases.

（A） not only do damage by themselves but also aggravate

（B） do damage by themselves but also are aggravating to

（C） are damaging by themselves but also are aggravating

（D） not only do damage by themselves， they are also aggravating to

（E） are doing damage by themselves， and they are also aggravating

OA is A

idiom or paralism?
Hi guys, I have a question about the firstly non-underlined part of the sentence, i.e. "such factors as cigarette smoking， eating rich foods high in fats， and alcohol consumption".
Is the parallelism among a complex gerund (cigarette smoking), a simple gerund (eating rich foods high in fats), and an action noun (alcohol consumption) correct?
As far as I know only a complex gerund can be parallel to an action noun. Hence either the sentence is incorrect or "eating rich foods ... " is a complex gerund.
Note: definition of complex and simple gerund is explained in MGMAT sentence correction book.

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