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    I found this sentene in an old Guardian.
    "But Japan’s farmers not only enjoy prices for their rice about eight times higher than on the world market: their votes are worth two to three of every urban dweller’s because of the uneven population of constituencies."

    I understand what the sentence wants to say but why is the verb "enjoy" used this way, why not "do not only enjoy". This part of the sentence doesn't seem to have a proper predicate. What is the purpose of this usage?

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    Default Re: verb usage

    Quote Originally Posted by sieve View Post
    I found this sentene in an old Guardian.
    "But Japan’s farmers not only enjoy prices for their rice about eight times higher than on the world market: their votes are worth two to three of every urban dweller’s because of the uneven population of constituencies."

    I understand what the sentence wants to say but why is the verb "enjoy" used this way, why not "do not only enjoy". This part of the sentence doesn't seem to have a proper predicate. What is the purpose of this usage?
    The verb in the first clause is "enjoy" and it is fine. The structure of the sentence as a whole is not very good, however.

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    Default Re: verb usage

    It's a kind of not only...but also sentence. It doesn't use the words but also, but that is the implication of the second benefit.

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