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    #1

    did he achieve

    Is only 1 correct when a negative phrase in the beginning part of a sentence? Doesn't 2 work?
    I know "Nor do I wish to be a scientist; Never did I know; Rarely(Hardly) did he do that" are all such cases, but I wonder if "Not A but B" also belongs to such cases.

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    1.Not as an advisor but as a journalist did he achieve his dream of flying on the Vomit Comet.
    2.Not as an advisor but as a journalist he achieved his dream of flying on the Vomit Comet.
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    #2

    Re: did he achieve

    Maybe there seems to be a strict rule for this, but I suspect 2 doens't work. If I am mistaken, please let me know.

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    #3

    Re: did he achieve

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Maybe there seems to be a strict rule for this, but I suspect 2 doens't work. If I am mistaken, please let me know.
    I far prefer #1. I can't say that #2 is not grammatical, though.

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    #4
    2 can be made natural by inverting the order of the clauses. He achieved his dream of flying on the Vomit Comet not as an advisor but as a journalist.

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    #5

    Re: did he achieve

    You mean 2 is still unnatural? Few native speakers would say so?

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    #6

    Re: did he achieve

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Is only 1 correct when a negative phrase in the beginning part of a sentence? Doesn't 2 work?
    I know "Nor do I wish to be a scientist; Never did I know; Rarely(Hardly) did he do that" are all such cases, but I wonder if "Not A but B" also belongs to such cases.

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    1.Not as an advisor but as a journalist did he achieve his dream of flying on the Vomit Comet.
    2.Not as an advisor but as a journalist he achieved his dream of flying on the Vomit Comet.
    Hello.
    As for #2,
    "It is not as an advisor but as a journalist that he achieved his dream of flying (...)" sounds natural to me.

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