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    Default He speaks not only/He not only speaks

    1. He speaks not only English, but also French.
    2, He not only speaks English, but also French.

    Are both sentences correct?

    Many thanks.

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    Smile Re: He speaks not only/He not only speaks

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    1. He speaks not only English, but also French.
    2, He not only speaks English, but also French.

    Are both sentences correct?

    Many thanks.
    Not only does he speak English, but also French.

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    Default Re: He speaks not only/He not only speaks

    Thanks, Engee.

    I believe at least one of the sentences I posted is correct. I would like to hear from other members.

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    Smile Re: He speaks not only/He not only speaks

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    Thanks, Engee.

    I believe at least one of the sentences I posted is correct. I would like to hear from other members.
    Well, they're both fine, as it happens.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    1. He speaks not only English, but also French.
    2, He not only speaks English, but also French.

    Are both sentences correct?

    Many thanks.
    I just wanted to give you an example of stylistic inversion used.


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    Default Re: He speaks not only/He not only speaks

    Hello,
    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
    focus.

    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.

    Cheers.

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    Thumbs up Re: He speaks not only/He not only speaks

    Quote Originally Posted by Jaskin View Post
    Hello,
    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
    focus.
    That is true indeed.

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    Default Re: He speaks not only/He not only speaks

    Theyre fine.
    down to preference

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    Default Re: He speaks not only/He not only speaks

    Hello,
    Quote Originally Posted by Luizao View Post
    Theyre fine.
    down to preference
    So the question is:
    Which one do the examiners prefer?

    Cheers

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