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    #1

    not only... but also

    Dear teachers

    Is there any difference in meaning between these sentences?

    Not only do they like studying but they also know how to play the piano.
    Not only they like studying but they also know how to play the piano.

    Not only did they kill the driver but they also hid his body.
    Not only they killed the driver but they also hid his body.

    Thank you

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    Re: not only... but also

    Quote Originally Posted by Offroad View Post
    Dear teachers

    Is there any difference in meaning between these sentences?

    Not only do they like studying but they also know how to play the piano.
    Not only they like studying but they also know how to play the piano.

    Not only did they kill the driver but they also hid his body.
    Not only they killed the driver but they also hid his body.

    Thank you
    Only 1 and 3 are correct. You can eliminate the do/did, by starting with the subject "they".

    They not only like studying but they also know how to play the piano.

    They not only killed the driver but they also hid his body.

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