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    #1

    not only

    Can one use:

    1-Not only soldiers were among the victims but also civilians.

    Instead of:

    2-There were not only soldiers among the victims but also civilians.
    3-Not only were there soldiers among the victims but also civilians.
    Last edited by navi tasan; 09-Dec-2010 at 07:19.

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    #2

    Re: not only

    Yes, but you need commas for all of those:

    Not only soldiers were among the victims, but also civilians.
    There were not only soldiers among the victims, but also civilians.
    Not only were there soldiers among the victims, but also civilians.

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    #3

    Re: not only

    Not only soldiers were among the victims, but also civilians.

    As LP rightly said, you can say this, but it is more normal to use subject-verb inversion when the sentence begins with a negative or near-negative expression:

    Not only were (there) soldiers among the victims, but also civilians.
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