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    Which is correct?

    Not only ______the jewelry she ____been sold for her sonís gambling debts but also her house.
    A. is; has
    B. has; had
    C. has; has
    D.x; has
    The key is C. But I am wondering why isn't B chosen?

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    Re: Which is correct?

    I think B is better. If the jewellery has been sold, then she no longer has it.

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    Re: Which is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by hoangkha View Post
    Not only ______the jewelry she ____been sold for her son’s gambling debts but also her house.
    A. is; has
    B. has; had
    C. has; has
    D.x; has
    The key is C. But I am wondering why isn't B chosen?
    I think it sounds better for me to be written like this
    Not only has the jewelry been sold for her son’s gambling debts but also her house.

    I have never seen a sentence like yours
    Not only has the jewelry she had been sold for her son’s gambling debts but also her house.


    Not only ______the jewelry she ____been sold for her son’s gambling debts but also her house.

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    Re: Which is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mohammadhelmi View Post
    I think it sounds better for me to be written like this
    Not only has the jewelry been sold for her son’s gambling debts but also her house. This has a different meaning than the "has/had" version. Your version does not indicate that the jewelry had previously been sold to the mother as opposed to it having been inherited or given to the mother as a gift.

    I have never seen a sentence like yours There is a first time for almost everything.
    Not only has the jewelry she had been sold for her son’s gambling debts but also her house.


    Not only ______the jewelry she ____been sold for her son’s gambling debts but also her house.
    b.

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    Re: Which is correct?

    Oh my God, this is a really tough one for me.
    I also have never seen such constructions before. "Has been sold" is a passive related to "the jewelry", but why was "she" put between them. And what does the first "has" mean?

    Will "Not only the jewelry she has sold for..." have same meaning?

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    Re: Which is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by hoangkha View Post
    Not only ______the jewelry she ____been sold for her sonís gambling debts but also her house.
    A. is; has
    B. has; had
    C. has; has
    D.x; has
    The key is C. But I am wondering why isn't B chosen?
    I think the main confusion with this sentence is that various people keep assuming that "has been sold" (where those three words appear consecutively) is the verb. It's not.

    The verb is broken up as shown below in red:

    Not only has the jewelry she had been sold for her son's gambling debt ...

    Look at what was sold (in red):

    Not only has the jewelry she had been sold for her son's gambling debt ...


    The jewelery she had (meaning "the jewelry she once owned") has been sold to pay back her son's gambling debt, as has her house.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Re: Which is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I think the main confusion with this sentence is that various people keep assuming that "has been sold" (where those three words appear consecutively) is the verb. It's not.

    The verb is broken up as shown below in red:

    Not only has the jewelry she had been sold for her son's gambling debt ...

    Look at what was sold (in red):

    Not only has the jewelry she had been sold for her son's gambling debt ...


    The jewelery she had (meaning "the jewelry she once owned") has been sold to pay back her son's gambling debt, as has her house.
    Such a relief, thank you very much, now I got it.

    But why is the verb broken up this way? Is it a strict rule or was it made just for artistic purposes?
    Is it possible to write:
    Not only the jewelry she had has been sold
    for her son's gambling debt...

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    Re: Which is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhtr88 View Post
    Is it possible to write:
    Not only the jewelry she had has been sold
    for her son's gambling debt...
    No.

    When a sentence begins with a negative adverbial, we need inversion of subject and verb:

    I have never seen such a beautiful sight. - Never have I seen such a beautiful sight.
    Her house, as well as the jewelry she had have been sold ... - Not only the jewelry she had has been sold [..] but also her house.

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    Re: Which is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I think the main confusion with this sentence is that various people keep assuming that "has been sold" (where those three words appear consecutively) is the verb.
    I think you mean 'had been sold'

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    Re: Which is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    No.

    When a sentence begins with a negative adverbial, we need inversion of subject and verb:

    I have never seen such a beautiful sight. - Never have I seen such a beautiful sight.
    Her house, as well as the jewelry she had have been sold ... - Not only the jewelry she had has been sold [..] but also her house.
    Thanks a lot. I didn't know that, I'll write it down...

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