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    not only... but also joining two subjects

    Hi,
    When we join two subjects by using not only ... but also does the verb agree with the second subject or it is like both ... and? I couldn't find it in grammar books.
    Not only Mary but also Jack .....
    Thanks in advance

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    Re: not only... but also joining two subjects

    Hello, Jasmine.

    http://m.uts.edu.au/current-students...verb-agreement

    I hope the link will be of some help to you.


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    #3

    Re: not only... but also joining two subjects

    I think it is correct to say 'Not only he but also I am...', but I am not a teacher.

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    #4

    Re: not only... but also joining two subjects

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I think it is correct to say 'Not only he but also I am...', but I am not a teacher.
    That may follow the rules that some style guide writers invent, but it sounds horrible. I would avoid this by restructuring:


    Both he and I are teachers.
    He is not the only teacher; I am one as well.

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    #5

    Re: not only... but also joining two subjects

    I think it is also possible to say 'Not only is he a teacher, but so am I', but I am not a teacher.

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    #6

    Re: not only... but also joining two subjects

    It sounds odd to me, Matthew.

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    #7

    Re: not only... but also joining two subjects

    "Not only is he a teacher" would normally be followed by an example of something else that he is, not what someone else is.

    Not only is he a teacher, but he is a scout leader as well.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #8

    Re: not only... but also joining two subjects

    The construction 'Not only... but (also)...' is not natural when referring to two separate subjects.
    Is it correct?

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    #9

    Re: not only... but also joining two subjects

    Well, no, I don't think so.
    In your last example, the "Not only is he a teacher, but ..." part is equal to "He is not only a teacher but ..."
    Do you understand what I'm trying to say?

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    #10

    Re: not only... but also joining two subjects

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    The construction 'Not only... but (also)...' is not natural when referring to two separate subjects.
    Is it correct?
    Not necessarily, but it's not easy to come up with a natural example.

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