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    not only...but also

    He not only has money, but also (has) power.

    He does not only have money, but also have power.


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    I tend to think the first sentence to be correct, but not the second one.

    What do you think? Thank you.
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    Re: not only...but also

    Quote Originally Posted by jiamajia View Post
    He only only has money, but also (has) power.

    He does not only have money, but also have power.


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    I tend to think the first sentence to be correct, but not the second one.

    What do you think? Thank you.
    ===Not a teacher===

    He not only has money, but also have power.

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    Re: not only...but also

    He not only has money, but also power.

    He not only has money, but he also has power.

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    Re: not only...but also

    Quote Originally Posted by 2010 View Post
    ===Not a teacher===

    He not only has money, but also have power.

    Being a little unconvinced, I made a search on this forum and have got this one:

    She not only sings songs but also plays the piano.--regarded as correct.
    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/a...-but-also.html

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    Re: not only...but also

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    He not only has money, but also power.

    He not only has money, but he also has power.
    There is no such a structure as shown in my second sentence, is that right?

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    Re: not only...but also

    Quote Originally Posted by jiamajia View Post
    Being a little unconvinced, I made a search on this forum and have got this one:

    She not only sings songs but also plays the piano.--regarded as correct.
    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/a...-but-also.html
    Yes, the sentence you've quoted is correct. The use of the third person singular in all the examples we've given so far should match.

    She not only speaks Spanish but also speaks German.
    He not only plays football but also ice skates.

    This is always the case. The person who posted the sentence with "has" in the first half, but "have" in the second was incorrect.

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    Re: not only...but also

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Yes, the sentence you've quoted is correct. The use of the third person singular in all the examples we've given so far should match.

    She not only speaks Spanish but also speaks German.
    He not only plays football but also ice skates.

    This is always the case. The person who posted the sentence with "has" in the first half, but "have" in the second was incorrect.
    That was me and it was a typo. Sorry

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    Re: not only...but also

    Quote Originally Posted by 2010 View Post
    That was me and it was a typo. Sorry
    Hey, we all make typos!

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    Re: not only...but also

    The key is parallelism.

    If what comes right after "not only" is a noun phrase, then a noun phrase should come right after "but also."

    He has not only power, but also money. Both nouns.

    If what comes right after "not only is a verb phrase, then you need a verb phrase after "but also."

    He not only has power, but also has money.

    If you move the not only all the way to the front, you need an inversion, as you have with two full clauses following these phrases:
    Not only does he have power, but also he has money.

    (This is where, if I were writing this, I would depart from the strict parallelism - I think "but he also has" sound so much better than "but also he has.")
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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