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    #1

    not only...but also

    Hi, everyone!
    I have a question as to the usage of 'not only...but also -'
    Which one below is the best? (Do they all work?)

    a. I'm not only interested in anthropology but also interested in archaeology.

    b. I'm interested not only in anthropology but also in archaeology.

    c. I'm interested in not only anthropology but also archaeology.

    I think a. sounds strange..., b. could work..and c. is the best...
    Thank you in advance!

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    #2

    Re: not only...but also

    Second sounds to me the best due to the first should sooner use interested before not only in order to make it clear, and the third sounds candidly odd to me because of the place of in.

    Wherefore, second seems the most proper compared to other ones.

    Not a teacher at all.

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    #3

    Re: not only...but also

    Thank you, philadelphia.
    Do you(other members in this forum) agree?

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    #4

    Re: not only...but also

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    Thank you, philadelphia.
    Do you(other members in this forum) agree?
    (a) is clumsy, unnecessarily wordy, and on the borderline of being wrong -
    the "not only" and the "but also" should introduce different things, and the 'interested in X' phrases don't become different until the third word (too late for the parser's ear, which has already flagged an oddness).

    I prefer (b) too. A sentence like (c) is likely to occur when the speaker hasn't thought out exactly what s/he's interested in when s/he starts speaking. It's not ungrammatical, but neither is it particularly elegant.

    b

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    Re: not only...but also

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    (a) is clumsy, unnecessarily wordy, and on the borderline of being wrong -
    the "not only" and the "but also" should introduce different things, and the 'interested in X' phrases don't become different until the third word (too late for the parser's ear, which has already flagged an oddness).

    I prefer (b) too. A sentence like (c) is likely to occur when the speaker hasn't thought out exactly what s/he's interested in when s/he starts speaking. It's not ungrammatical, but neither is it particularly elegant.

    b
    Thank you, BobK!

    Well...let me tell you why I thought c. was the best.

    About 2 months ago, I joined this forum, and the first thing I learned was 'economizing on wordage.' It was like...

    'Are you from Canada or from America?'
    Here, 'from' is redundant, so it is much better to say
    'Are you from Canada or America?'
    (You were kind enough to respond to my post then, so I think you remember it.)

    So...

    a.I'm not only interested in anthropology but also interested in archaeology.

    I wholeheartedly agree with you saying 'the "not only" and the "but also" should introduce different things.' That's what I had first thought, so I said it was strange. 'I'm not only tired but also starving.' is perfectly OK, isn't it? "tired" and "starving" are completely different things as you mentioned.

    b. I'm interested not only in anthropology but also in archaeology.
    Yes, this one is 'well-balanced' if I may say so. However...one thing crossed my mind, that is 'economizing on wordage.'
    I somehow thought the latter "in" was redundant. So...I made a few adjustments to it...

    b' I'm interested not only in anthropology but also archaeology.
    This didn't sound quite right...the underlined parts were not 'well-balanced.' to me. So...I moved "in" right next to "interested", that is...

    c. I'm interested in not only anthropology but also archaeology.
    This is how my kind of "economizing on wordage' was completed.

    Well...things don't go as I think...
    b' might probably be acceptable in terms of 'economizing'?
    What do you think?

    Thank you in advance!
    Last edited by tzfujimino; 12-Jul-2008 at 17:24.

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    #6

    Re: not only...but also

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    Hi, everyone!
    I have a question as to the usage of 'not only...but also -'
    Which one below is the best? (Do they all work?)

    a. I'm not only interested in anthropology but also interested in archaeology.

    b. I'm interested not only in anthropology but also in archaeology.

    c. I'm interested in not only anthropology but also archaeology.

    I think a. sounds strange..., b. could work..and c. is the best...
    Thank you in advance!
    I also prefer b. but c. is almost certainly more widely used in spoken English.

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    Re: not only...but also

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I also prefer b. but c. is almost certainly more widely used in spoken English.
    Thank you as always, bhaisahab!

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    #8

    Re: not only...but also

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    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    Hi, everyone!
    I have a question as to the usage of 'not only...but also -'
    Which one below is the best? (Do they all work?)

    a. I'm not only interested in anthropology but also interested in archaeology.

    b. I'm interested not only in anthropology but also in archaeology.

    c. I'm interested in not only anthropology but also archaeology.

    I think a. sounds strange..., b. could work..and c. is the best...
    Thank you in advance!
    d. I'm interested not only in anthroplogy but archeology as well.
    Last edited by e2e4; 12-Jul-2008 at 00:47.

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    #9

    Re: not only...but also

    (not a professional teacher) Of the original three, the second is probably the best, but I have to say that a variant of "a" sounds completely natural to me, and would probably be most common in NZ English:

    "I'm not only interested in anthropology but also archaeology." In a sentence like this, "just" is quite likely to be used for "only" here.

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    #10

    Re: not only...but also

    Quote Originally Posted by stuartnz View Post
    (not a professional teacher) Of the original three, the second is probably the best, but I have to say that a variant of "a" sounds completely natural to me, and would probably be most common in NZ English:

    "I'm not only interested in anthropology but also archaeology." In a sentence like this, "just" is quite likely to be used for "only" here.
    Thank you for your reply, stuartnz!

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