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# Not only .. but also

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23 Nov 2004, 20:06
This is my own creation trying to understand not only .. but also

1-- I not only caused injury but also caused pain
2-- I caused not only injury but also pain
3-- Not only did I cause injury but I also caused pain
4-- Not only did I cause injury but also pain
5-- Not only did i cause injury but I also did cause pain

I am a little confused ...

Out of the 5 statements which one's are correct

Help appreciated !!!!

Any pointers will be extremely valuable
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23 Nov 2004, 20:58
1 & 2 are right

3,4 & 5 are wrong

When you use not only-- but also first thing you need to make sure is the phrase/clause is balanced. Second thing you want to make sure is that there are no redundancies in the phrase/clause. Lastly you need to make sure idiom not only -- but also makes the sentence consise and clear. Hope this helps
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23 Nov 2004, 23:28
taklu wrote:
This is my own creation trying to understand not only .. but also

1-- I not only caused injury but also caused pain
2-- I caused not only injury but also pain
3-- Not only did I cause injury but I also caused pain
4-- Not only did I cause injury but also pain
5-- Not only did i cause injury but I also did cause pain

I am a little confused ...

Out of the 5 statements which one's are correct

Help appreciated !!!!

Any pointers will be extremely valuable

I think 2 is also wrong.. "caused" and "injury" are seperated by "not only". This is wonr usage.

I feel 4 is right.

1 sounds very awkward.
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24 Nov 2004, 05:15
Hmmmm ... that was some good tips

so can i conclude that
Not only xxxxx but [noun]/ [pronoun] also xxxxx
is definitely wrong

Also

" phrase/clause is balanced ", i am assuming xxxx is the phrase clause

What does "phrase should not have redundancy" mean ?

Can you give an example

why is 2 wrong ?
24 Nov 2004, 05:15
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