Not only but also meaning! Learn how to lớn properly use the English pair not only and but also with useful example sentences and ESL printable infographic.

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It can be used to menu adjective qualities, nouns or verbs, to lớn show complementary qualities, quantities or actions, events and states.

When to lớn Use “Not Only But Also”

We use it when we have two things & we want lớn give a little extra emphasis to lớn the second thing because it’s even better, or even worse, or more surprising, or more impressive, or more shocking than the first thing.The most essential rule to lớn remember about using this structure is that two parts of speech must be parallel.

How lớn Form Sentences with Not Only…But Also

There are two ways to lớn use not only, but also. You can use it in the middle & end of the sentence, or you can actually use it to start a sentence with not only. There are some grammatical considerations we have lớn keep in mind.

#1. Use it in the middle and end of the sentence:

S + V + not only + Adjective + but also + Adjective

For example:

He is not only arrogant but also selfish.Tom is not only rich but also famous.She was not only extremely intelligent but also very practical.

S + V + not only + Adv + but also + Adv

For example:

John works not only quickly but also efficiently.Thomas writes not only correctly but also neatly.He worked not only hard but also carefully.

S + V + not only + Noun + but also + Noun

For example:

She is not only a novelist but also a poet.He is not only a statesman but also a man of the people.Shakespeare was not only a writer but also an actor.

S + not only + V + but also + V

For example:

He not only studies hard but also works well.She not only plays well but also writes music.He not only speaks English but also French.The robbers not only took his money but also laid into him.She not only entered the competition but also won it!He not only read the book but also remembered what he read.He not only writes his own plays but also acts in them.

#2. Use it at the beginning of the sentence or Inversion of Not only but also:

We can use not only at the beginning of a clause to showroom emphasis. When we vì chưng this, the subject and the verb are inverted.

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Not only + V/Adj/Noun/Adv + but (he/she) also + V/Adj/Noun/Adv Verb be/ aux (do/will/should/would /can/ could)

For examples:


Not only does he speak English but he also speaks French.Not only does she speak Spanish but she also knows how to type.Not only you but also I am planning khổng lồ go.Not only vày the nurses want a pay increase but they also want reduced hours as well.

Noun phrase:

Not only is he handsome but (he is) also intelligent.Not only will that skill help your resume but also will make you familiar with on-line job recruiting.Not only was it raining all day at the wedding but also the band was late. Not only will they paint the outside of the house but also the inside.

When there is no auxiliary verb or main verb be, we use do, does, did:

Not only did she forget my birthday, but she also didn’t even apologize for forgetting it.

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Not only did he needlessly place himself in danger but also no charges were brought against his prisoners.

Not Only But Also | Infographic