Dear teachers,

I have two simple sentences. I want to connect them using ''not only'' and ''but also''. I don't know where to place them properly.

He is interested in gardening. He is interested in raising fish, too.

1. He is interested in not only gardening but also raising fish.

2. He is interested in not only gardening but he is also interested in raising fish.

3. He is not only interested in gardening but also raising fish.

Can you tell me if ''not only '' ''but also'' can be placed anywhere in the sentence or they have their own places?

Thank you so much. 

 

 

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cocoricot posted:
1. He is interested in not only gardening but also raising fish.

2. He is interested in not only gardening but he is also interested in raising fish.
3. He is not only interested in gardening but also raising fish.

Hello, Coco,

The key to using the correlative conjunction "not only . . . but also . . ." mid-sentence is to make sure that the phrase that "not only" introduces is grammatically parallel to the phrase that "but also" introduces.

Only (1) is grammatically parallel: "gardening" is grammatically parallel to "raising fish." By contrast "gardening" is not parallel to "interested in raising fish," and "interested in gardening" is not parallel to "raising fish."

That said, (1) is not the best sentence that you can use here. I much prefer sentence (4) below, in which both "not only" and "but also" introduce prepositional phrases. Alternatively, you can use inversion, as in (5):

(4) He is interested not only in gardening but also in raising fish.
(5) Not only is he interested in gardening, but he is also interested in raising fish.

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