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    Not Only - But Also

    "Not only my father but also my mother does not drink coffee."

    Perhaps this is an example of the perfect rule, which my textbook points out.

    However, when I checked this unit out before I taught it I thought that was one of the weirdest constructions I'd seen.

    It also gives me this:

    "Neither my father nor my mother does drink coffee."

    wth????

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    #2

    Re: Not Only - But Also

    "Not only my father but also my mother does not drink coffee."

    Makes me cringe. Not necessarily wrong, just awkward, as you pointed out. Almost a double negative- like the old song, "Yes, we have no bananas".

    What you would typically hear in the US would be, "My father and mother don't drink coffee."

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    #3

    Re: Not Only - But Also

    Oftentimes, simple is better.

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    #4

    Re: Not Only - But Also

    "Neither my father nor my mother does drink coffee."
    That would be OK as "Neither my father nor my mother drinks coffee".

    Rover

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    #5

    Re: Not Only - But Also

    Quote Originally Posted by sparklingdark;789829
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    However, when I checked this unit out before I taught it I thought that was one of the weirdest constructions I'd seen.


    I have more.....
    So, what are you saying? You chose a substandard textbook to work from?

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    #6

    Re: Not Only - But Also

    wth????
    . . .and what the heck is that supposed to mean?

    Rover

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    #7

    Re: Not Only - But Also

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    . . .and what the heck is that supposed to mean?

    Rover
    I believe that is textspeak for "What the hell?", along the same lines as "WTF?!" which I'm sure you can guess.

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