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    Question structure!

    Hi there,

    I wonder whether this structure is acceptable or not?

    (auxiliary verb , verb?, subject,the main verb ),"which is preceded by (not only) "

    I mean when we have a main verb ,what is the function of that one after aux

    All the best

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    Talking Re: structure!

    dear 1364 you must have seen this structure in a text. so, isn't it better if you mention the sentence, and then teachers tell you if this structure is correct or not?????

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    Re: structure!

    It doesn't sound like the normal pattern after 'not only'- can you quote it?

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    Re: structure!

    Right. There should be only one main verb. Given your example structure: auxiliary verb, verb?, subject, the main verb, the second verb is out of place. Here's the structure you're looking for:

    not only + Auxiliary + Subject + Main Verb
    type 1: Not only would he say . . .
    => Note, there should be only one main verb; e.g., say

    Subject + Auxiliary + not only + Nain Verb
    type 2: He would not only say . . .

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    Wink Re: structure!

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Right. There should be only one main verb. Given your example structure: auxiliary verb, verb?, subject, the main verb, the second verb is out of place. Here's the structure you're looking for:
    not only + Auxiliary + Subject + Main Verb
    type 1: Not only would he say . . .
    => Note, there should be only one main verb; e.g., say
    Subject + Auxiliary + not only + main Verb
    type 2: He would not only say . . .
    Thank you dear Casiopea,I saw this structure in a answer key of a testing book,and I really got surprised .again thanks for your reply.

    Best regards

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    Wink Re: structure!

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Right. There should be only one main verb. Given your example structure: auxiliary verb, verb?, subject, the main verb, the second verb is out of place. Here's the structure you're looking for:
    not only + Auxiliary + Subject + Main Verb
    type 1: Not only would he say . . .
    => Note, there should be only one main verb; e.g., say
    Subject + Auxiliary + not only + main Verb
    type 2: He would not only say . . .
    Thank you dear Casiopea,I saw this structure in a answer key of a testing book,and I really got surprised .again thanks for your reply.
    Best regards

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    Re: structure!

    You're most welcome, 1364.

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