Not only...but also

Not only...but also


Not only...but also are correlative conjunctions and can be used only as a pair to connect two alternatives.

E.g.

He not only steals but also misbehaves with girls.

Or, Not only did she cut the vegetables but cooked it also.

Test your understanding - Choose the correct sentence from the pair of sentences given below:

1.
a. He is not courageous only, but also thoughtful.
b. He is not only courageous, but also thoughtful.

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ANSWER: b. He is not only courageous, but also thoughtful.



2.
a. Sharmistha can not only play the piano, but she can also sing well.
b. Sharmistha can not play the piano only, but she can also sing well.

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ANSWER: a. Sharmistha can not only play the piano, but she can also sing well.



3.
a. For Diwali, the family not only cleaned the house, but also decorated it with many twinkling lights.
b. For Diwali, the family not cleaned only the house, but also decorated it with many twinkling lights.

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ANSWER: a. For Diwali, the family not only cleaned the house, but also decorated it with many twinkling lights.



4.
a. She not bought only Newsweek but also Frontline.
b. She bought not only Newsweek but also Frontline.

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ANSWER: b. She bought not only Newsweek but also Frontline.



5.
a. Dad had time to read not only The Times of India but Business Standard as well.
b. Dad had time to read not only The Times of India but also The Business Standard

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ANSWER: b. Dad had time to read not only The Times of India but also The Business Standard


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