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    Dear teachers,

    I have four questions to ask:

    No. 1
    Could you please explain if both sentences are correct or not ?
    a. The university is not only proud of its beautiful campus but also of its strong teaching staff.
    b. The university is proud not only of its beautiful campus but also of its strong teaching staff.

    If this both are correct then the following should also be correct. Is that right?

    a. The audiences didn't only understand his procuction of Shakespeare's The Merchjant of Venice but also appreciate it.
    b. The audiences understood not only his procuction of Shakespeare's The Merchjant of Venice but also appreciated it.

    No.2
    a deep concern for our people
    Can I use about or over to replace for?

    No.3
    Could you please explain the function of the infinitive in the following two sentences:

    a. It's unreasonable for the teacher to require the studntens to know all the texts by heart.

    b. The film crew has been waiting several days for the weather to clear up. (Is this objective complement?)

    No.4
    He is a friend of my father's. (This means my father might have one or more than one friend. Is that right?)
    He is a friend of my father. (This lays stress on identity. He is my father's friend not his teacher or colleague etc. Is that right?)

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Re: not only but also, concern, infinitive, a friend of

    b. The university is proud not only of its beautiful campus but also of its strong teaching staff.
    => proud not only of A, but also proud of B.

    a. The audiences didn't only understand his production of Shakespeare's
    The Merchjant of Venice but also appreciate it.
    => *didn't only; ... not only did the audience understand ..., they also appreciated it.

    b. The audiences understood not only his production of Shakespeare's
    The Merchjant of Venice but also appreciated it.
    => the audience not only understood ..., they also appreciated it.

    No.2
    a deep concern for our people
    Can I use about? It expresses a different meaning.
    Can I use over?

    No.3
    a. It's unreasonable for the teacher to ask the students to learn all the texts by heart.
    => For the teacher to ask the students to learn all the texts by heart is unreasonable.

    b. The film crew has been waiting several days for the weather to clear up.
    => waiting for something to happen.

    No.4
    He is a friend of my father's. (This means my father might have one or more friends. Is that right?)
    => It means he is your father's friend. There's no meaning there that your father has more than one friend.

    He is a friend of my father. (This lays stress on identity. He is my father's friend not his teacher or colleague etc. Is that right?)
    => Right. Note, however, that some speakers use of my father to mean of my father's.

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    Re: not only but also, concern, infinitive, a friend of

    Hi,

    Thank you very much for your explanation.

    No.1. I think I understand it. That is, I can't put "isn't" or "doesn't" infront of "not only". In other words, in the structure: not only.... but also, there shouldn't be "isn't' or "doesn't". It is expressed by "is....not only....but also" or "does like reads.....not only ....but also".

    No.2
    I have to consult my dictionaries to find out the differences between them.

    No.3
    I don't know the functions of the infinitives. I mean are they adverbials?

    No.4
    I understand the explanation.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
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    b. The university is proud not only of its beautiful campus but also of its strong teaching staff.
    => proud not only of A, but also proud of B.

    a. The audiences didn't only understand his production of Shakespeare's
    The Merchjant of Venice but also appreciate it.
    => *didn't only; ... not only did the audience understand ..., they also appreciated it.

    b. The audiences understood not only his production of Shakespeare's
    The Merchjant of Venice but also appreciated it.
    => the audience not only understood ..., they also appreciated it.

    No.2
    a deep concern for our people
    Can I use about? It expresses a different meaning.
    Can I use over?

    No.3
    a. It's unreasonable for the teacher to ask the students to learn all the texts by heart.
    => For the teacher to ask the students to learn all the texts by heart is unreasonable.

    b. The film crew has been waiting several days for the weather to clear up.
    => waiting for something to happen.

    No.4
    He is a friend of my father's. (This means my father might have one or more friends. Is that right?)
    => It means he is your father's friend. There's no meaning there that your father has more than one friend.

    He is a friend of my father. (This lays stress on identity. He is my father's friend not his teacher or colleague etc. Is that right?)
    => Right. Note, however, that some speakers use of my father to mean of my father's.

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