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    #1

    not only did he steal the money, but he also stole the jewellery

    I'm wondering can the the above be written as:
    - not only did he steal the money, but also stole the jewellery.....

    Is it alright to omit 'he' after 'but'?

    It feels like both are okay, though one of them may not be correct grammatically.

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    #2

    Re: not only did he steal the money, but he also stole the jewellery

    You cannot omit the second subject in that construction.

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    #3

    Re: not only did he steal the money, but he also stole the jewellery

    I think the second part is an independent clause which requires the subject "he". The "but" could be omitted though.
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    Re: not only did he steal the money, but he also stole the jewellery

    I think 'he' is not needed after 'but' in 'He did not only steal the money but also stole the jewellery'.
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    #5

    Re: not only did he steal the money, but he also stole the jewellery

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I think 'he' is not needed after 'but' in 'He did not only steal the money but also stole the jewellery'.
    It's not; nor is the 'stole'. The 'did not only steal' is rather less natural than 'He stole not only'.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 05-Jul-2016 at 08:59.

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    Re: not only did he steal the money, but he also stole the jewellery

    He stole not only the money but also the jewellery.
    He stole both the money and the jewellery.
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