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    Default not only but also, position of also

    1. Not only is smoking dangerous to a smoker, but it can also harm the people around him.
    2. Not only is smoking dangerous to a smoker, but it also can harm the people around him.
    3. Not only is smoking dangerous to a smoker, but also it can harm the people around him.
    Which of the above sentences do you think is the best?

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    Default Re: not only but also, position of also

    Number 1 is correct, the others are doubtful.

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    Default Re: not only but also, position of also

    I would say the third one in first: Not only is smoking dangerous to a smoker, but also it can harm the people around him.

    Though, the first one is also correct but a bit far from the first usage of not only... but also.

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    Default Re: not only but also, position of also

    As with other correlative conjunctions, you should follow each part of the not only … but also … construction with an element of the same grammatical type. Thus, instead of She not only bought a new car but also a new lawnmower, you should write She bought not only a new car but also a new lawnmower, because in this version both not only and but also are followed by noun phrases

    Source 5. not only … but also. 2. Style. The American Heritage Book of English Usage. 1996
    not only is smoking dangerous to a smoker <not only + verb>
    but it also can harm the people around him <also + verb>
    but it can also harm the people around him <also + verb>

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    Default Re: not only but also, position of also

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    1. Not only is smoking dangerous to a smoker, but it can also harm the people around him.
    2. Not only is smoking dangerous to a smoker, but it also can harm the people around him.
    3. Not only is smoking dangerous to a smoker, but also it can harm the people around him.
    Which of the above sentences do you think is the best?
    Hi, sitifan. For easy understanding, you'd better change the inverted order of the sentence back to its normal order first. So,
    "Smoking not only is dangerous to a smoker, but (it can) also harm the people around him.
    Parellel structure
    Not only (noun) but also (noun)
    Not only (verb) but also (verb)
    Not only (gerund) but also (gerund)

    After building up your confidence in their usage, you can use the inversion order correctly.
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    Default Re: not only but also, position of also

    Sitifan, follow Soup's advice and use either the first or the second sentence.

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