A problem with "not only...but (also)"

lgy1230

New Member
Chinese
Is it correct to say "He is responsible to not only his country but also his family"? Or, is "He is reponsible not only to his country but also to his family" better?
Thank you!
 
  • MichaelW

    Senior Member
    English (British)
    I prefer the second one and the second "to" makes it clear how the sentence is constructed.

    The first doesn't quite sound the natural word order, I could say "He is responsible not only to his country but also his family" but I would still put in a second "to".
     

    lgy1230

    New Member
    Chinese
    I prefer the second one and the second "to" makes it clear how the sentence is constructed.

    The first doesn't quite sound the natural word order, I could say "He is responsible not only to his country but also his family" but I would still put in a second "to".
    Thanks, I understand. I alway get confused about where "to" should be placed in this sentence pattern and some other structures.
     
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