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    "Not only but also" sentence

    Gurus,

    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.

    Please help.

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    #2

    Re: "Not only but also" sentence

    In most cases (and possibly all cases) "not only" requires "but also".

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    #3

    Re: "Not only but also" sentence

    "Not only Peter did it, John did it too."
    Is it an exceptional case?

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    Re: "Not only but also" sentence

    Dear 5jj, would you please explore it a bit, if you disagree with that MikeNewYork has said?

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    #5

    Re: "Not only but also" sentence

    No, but "too" substitutes for "also".

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    #6

    Re: "Not only but also" sentence

    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.

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    Re: "Not only but also" sentence

    I was talking about the construction as a "correlative conjunction". My guess is there are countless examples of that. Looking up "not only" by itself does not speak to that issue.

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    #8

    Re: "Not only but also" sentence

    Mike, I simply did not agree with the what you said in post no.2. I still don't.

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    #9

    Re: "Not only but also" sentence

    That's fine.

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    #10

    Re: "Not only but also" sentence

    When I saw the following link, I got confused. "also" 's presence is decided by the location of "not only". Please see the link

    http://www.dailywritingtips.com/5-ti...%80%9D-errors/

    I am not sure if I should follow the rule given in there.

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