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    Andrew not only had to work

    I am wondering if my sentence is grammatically correct.

    Andrew not only had to work in a restaurant, but also had to take care of his old mother, who he did not want to put in a care home.

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    Re: Andrew not only had to work

    Instead of "care home", I would use, e.g., "nursing home" or "home for the elderly".

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    Re: Andrew not only had to work

    Last part: should that be "who" or "whom"?
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    Re: Andrew not only had to work

    teechar,
    Can i use "have" instead of "had"?

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    Re: Andrew not only had to work

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post

    Andrew not only had to work in a restaurant, but he also had to take care of his old mother , who he did not want to put in a care home.
    Care home is fine and no need for a comma after mother.

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    Re: Andrew not only had to work

    Quote Originally Posted by Polyester View Post
    teechar,
    Can I use "have" instead of "had"?
    You can't use "have" but you could use "has" in place of "had" both times. You would need to change "did" to "does" at the end.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Andrew not only had to work

    I am wondering if "he" after "but" is compulsory or the sentence could be grammatically correct without it?

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    Re: Andrew not only had to work

    The sentence is incorrect without it.

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