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atabitaraf

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Not only do I not like it when people use cell phones in theaters but also when they use them on buses.

Can I say:

Not only don't I like it when people use cell phones in theaters but also when they use them on buses.

Do we have any rule for this?
 

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Not only do I not like it when people use cell phones in theaters but also when they use them on buses.

Can I say:

Not only don't I like it when people use cell phones in theaters but also when they use them on buses.

Do we have any rule for this?
Neither of those sentences is natural. I can't think of a need for them.
"It's not only in theatres that I don't like people using cell phones; it's also on buses."
"I don't like people using cell phones in theaters or on buses" is basically what you are saying.

"Not only do I not like it when people use cell phones in theaters, but I also don't like it when they use them on buses." - if you have to use this construction.
 

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Neither of those sentences is natural. I can't think of a need for them.
"It's not only in theatres that I don't like people using cell phones; it's also on buses."
"I don't like people using cell phones in theaters or on buses" is basically what you are saying.

"Not only do I not like it when people use cell phones in theaters, but I also don't like it when they use them on buses." - if you have to use this construction.

Thank you, the first sentence, 'Not only do I not like it when people use cell phones in theaters but also when they use them on buses.' is from a native reference 'SUMMIT' and the next sentence was my question, 'Not only don't I like it when people use cell phones in theaters but also when they use them on buses.'
My question is: can I put not with the auxiliary verb, 'do'? ('do not' or 'don't')

Yes the structure does not seem natural but I have to use NOT ONLY at the start.

Thank you again,
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"Not only do I not like it when people use cell phones in theaters, but I also don't like it when they use them on buses." - if you have to use this construction.

If you MUST start with "Not only" then you have been given an answer already.
 

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Thank you, the first sentence, 'Not only do I not like it when people use cell phones in theaters but also when they use them on buses.' is from a native reference 'SUMMIT'
This native is not a very elegant writer. This is not how you use the "not only... but also" construction."
and the next sentence was my question, 'Not only don't I like it when people use cell phones in theaters but also when they use them on buses.'
My question is: can I put not with the auxiliary verb, 'do'? ('do not' or 'don't')

With the "Not only" beginning, invert and keep the subject immediately after the verb. Not only do I not ... - you can see this is awkward in many cases, but it's better in my opinion than "Not only don't I..."
 
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