Parallelism with not only but also

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When not only is followed by but also (or simply but), it's considered good form to make sure the parts that follow each phối of words are formatted the same way.

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Examples of ‘Not Only But Also’

For example, this sentence is good because it uses two noun phrases:
Aardvark is not only a great fisherman but also a great friend.A great fisherman is a noun phrase & it follows not only, và a great friend is a noun phrase and it follows but also.

Keep It Parallel

Sometimes people write sentences lượt thích this, in which the parts aren’t parallel, & that can be called out as bad style:Aardvark is not only a great fisherman but also works hard to be a good frikết thúc.

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A great fisherman follows not only & is a noun phrase, but works hard lớn be a good frikết thúc follows but also và is a verb phrase. Since one is a noun phrase và one is a verb phrase, they don’t match grammatically, & that’s why it’s bad.
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If you want to use a verb phrase, you can rewrite the first part khổng lồ match:Aardvark not only excels at fishing but also works hard to be a good friend.That’s your Quick and Dirty Tip, try khổng lồ use parallel elements when you’re writing a sentence that uses not only with but also.This article originally appeared January 29, 2011, & was updated January 27, 2017.

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