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1. He speaks not only English, but also French.
2, He not only speaks English, but also French.
Are both sentences correct?
I believe at least one of the sentences I posted is correct. I would like to hear from other members.
Please note I'm not a teacher.
The sentences differ in focusing point. Usually the adverb “(not) only” is placed in frond of the word it emphasizes.
He speaks not only English, but also French.
In this sentence the language is in focus, and I think it's the best way of saying this.
He not only speaks English, but also French.
In this sentence I would expect another language skill because the verb “speak” is in
Not only does he speak English, but also French.
When not only is placed in the front position is usually followed by inversion which often is used to express amazement.
down to preference