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He not only has money, but also (has) power.
He does not only have money, but also have power.
I tend to think the first sentence to be correct, but not the second one.
What do you think? Thank you.
Last edited by jiamajia; 23-Jul-2010 at 00:41.
He not only has money, but also power.
He not only has money, but he also has 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.
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.
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.