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    Default Which is the correct sentence for reporting the sentence?

    Kah Meng is poor at his studies. He is not well-liked by his classmates.

    1. Not only is Kah Meng poor at his studies, he is also not well-liked by his classmates.

    2. Not only is Kah Meng poor at his studies(,) but he is also not well-liked by his classmates.

    a) Which is the correct sentence in reporting the above sentence in bold? I think it is 2.

    b) Is a comma needed after 'studies'?.I don't think so. Am I also correct?

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    Default Re: Which is the correct sentence for reporting the sentence?

    1. Not only is Kah Meng poor at his studies, he is also not well-liked by his classmates.

    No 1 is correct inclusive comma.
    An example with "but" is: Not only that, but I also think that.....

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    Default Re: Which is the correct sentence for reporting the sentence?

    2. Not only is Kah Meng poor at his studies, but he is also not well-liked by his classmates.

    This is correct. If you don't put "but", you have to have two clauses as separate sentences or put a ";" between them.
    As far as the comma, we do need it.
    Check this out:
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    __12__ Do not place a comma before the second half of a correlative-conjunction pair (not only...but also, not...but, either...or, or neither...nor) unless each half is followed by an independent clause


    A good lover not only accepts but also treasures his or her belovedís flaws.


    Not only did the monster exist, but also it was under the childís bed.


    Either you are a winner, or you are a loser.

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