In most cases (and possibly all cases) "not only" requires "but also".
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Before posting this thread, I actually did a search for it in this forum but could not locate any which could exactly answer to my question. So, i am posting here...hope you guys do not mind.
I am confused a bit by the usage of "not only but also" in sentences. I have seen such variations in the English news portals. Not sure which is correct.
"It not only helps the children grow healthily, but develop their soft skills." - It is without "also"
"It helps the children not only grow healthily, but also develop their soft skills."- It is with "also" but location of "not only" before the main verb.
So, does it mean that the requirement of "also" depends on the location of "not only"?
I thought regardless of the location of 'not only', "also" is also required in second clause.
"Not only Peter did it, John did it too."
Is it an exceptional case?
Dear 5jj, would you please explore it a bit, if you disagree with that MikeNewYork has said?
Mike wrote In most cases (and possibly all cases) "not only" requires "but also".I don't agree, that's all. There are hundreds of examples of 'not only' sentences without 'but also' in COCA.
Mike, I simply did not agree with the what you said in post no.2. I still don't.
When I saw the following link, I got confused. "also" 's presence is decided by the location of "not only". Please see the link
I am not sure if I should follow the rule given in there.