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  1. new2grammar's Avatar
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    #1

    please explain is there any difference in meaning

    Original sentence from newspaper:
    Not only are there delays in setting up new infrastructure, what exists is not being utilised effectively.
    Is it ok if I use 'there are' instead of 'are there' in the above sentence does it change the meaning of the sentence or both forms is acceptable?

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    Re: please explain is there any difference in meaning

    The subject-verb pair is inverted with "not only":

    Ex: not only are there <inverted/switched around>
    Ex: not only there are <not inverted>


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