In this sentence, “everything” is the substantive subject and “are” is the verb. At the wedding, not only was it raining all day, but the group was late. Despite the apparent simplicity of these consequental conjunctions, there is uncertainty and disagreement about the adequacy of their use and the correctness of their placement. Much of this disagreement is about the need for parallelism and a balance of rates. I`ll see about that later in the article, but first I give an overview of how conjunctions are used. Twentyst may seem like a lot of rules for one subject, but you`ll quickly notice that one is related to the other. In the end, everything will make sense. (In the following examples, the consenting subject is large and the verb in italics.) Correct the sentence, please. Aslam is not the only one going to school, he also runs errands for his family. Thank you nanna: Yes, that`s acceptable. You could also say, “It wasn`t just working… or omit, but.
Fred: Yes: There are, you can infer, differences of opinion between the authorities on the accuracy of parallelism. The natural syntax or style of a sentence is not always suitable for perfect parallelism, and I see no problem as long as it reads well (although there is of course a degree of subjectivity about it). The Merriam-Webster Dictionary of English Usage says: Is the phrase – not only was the bride beautiful, but also well-successful All your examples are made of a sentence that I always thought right if it wasn`t just… Yes, you are. But the New Yorker did it this way: he wasn`t just a big bear, he was also a grumpy one. Not only did she win the race, but she also broke the record. Not only did he use a fictitious example, but he reproduced it. To the comma or not to the comma? That`s the question. There does not seem to be a consensus on that. I have always thought that if the subject was repeated in the second clause (i.e.
there are two independent clauses), the comma would be necessary. If not, it could be omitted. If there is no auxiliary adverb or main adverb, we use, fact, fact: I also have some other grammar queries that are not only with “not only. But also, can I ask here or do you have another portal for these kinds of questions? Bryan A. Garner in A Dictionary of Modern American Usage is just as severe and indicates that not only . . . but (also) “must be synticic of identical set pieces.” The advice of Merriam-Websteres Dictionary of English Usage is more moderate. She recounts numerous literary and historical examples of non-parallel use and concludes: “Readers will discover that they are not only in contact with a section of American achievements, but are also invited to receive generous assistance from human nature.” (p. 212) “It depends on your point of view, but also on where you live.” (Don Watson, the words of the weasel) “The article, based on a detailed interview with Kidd, but also on discussions with other personalities at Joyce and general editorial scholarships, contained the bulk of the series, which was then inevitable.” (Bruce Arnold, the Ulysses scandal; my revelations) Occasionally, of course, the load is too powerful, and then not only does it pull out the coal, but it also brings the roof down.