...but also less developed ...

LQZ

Senior Member
Mandarin
It bought ultrasound machines that make lifelike three-dimensional images early in pregnancy, when the fetus is still low in the uterus and less obscured by fat, but also less developed and thus harder to diagnose clearly.---taken from the NYT

Dear all,

May I put a "not only" before "still low" ? May I have your opinions? Thanks.


LQZ
 
  • Copyright

    Senior Member
    American English
    An example of like things being compared:
    He was not only ugly, but also stupid. (Both negative.)
    She was not only pretty, but also kind. (Both positive.)

    Another example of like things being compared:
    … when the fetus is not only still low in the uterus and less obscured by fat, but also larger and easier to see. (Both phrases -- all four attributes -- are positive things).

    But in the sentence you're asking about, the things are not alike, so I wouldn’t use the “not only/but also”:
    … when the fetus is still low in the uterus and less obscured by fat (positive), but also less developed and thus harder to diagnose clearly (negative).
     

    brian

    Senior Member
    AmE (New Orleans)
    Ah, yes, that's it! Great analysis, Copyright.

    Just to throw in a couple examples of simple sentences with unlikes:

    He was ugly (negative), but also kind (positive).
    She was pretty
    (positive), but also stupid (negative).

    In this examples, you cannot add not only.
     

    LQZ

    Senior Member
    Mandarin
    An example of like things being compared:
    He was not only ugly, but also stupid. (Both negative.)
    She was not only pretty, but also kind. (Both positive.)

    Another example of like things being compared:
    … when the fetus is not only still low in the uterus and less obscured by fat, but also larger and easier to see. (Both phrases -- all four attributes -- are positive things).

    But in the sentence you're asking about, the things are not alike, so I wouldn’t use the “not only/but also”:
    … when the fetus is still low in the uterus and less obscured by fat (positive), but also less developed and thus harder to diagnose clearly (negative).
    Thank you, Mr. Copyright. Your reply makes it clearer to me.

    But I have one more question: Can I replace but also with but without changing meaning? :)
     

    LQZ

    Senior Member
    Mandarin
    Ah, yes, that's it! Great analysis, Copyright.

    Just to throw in a couple examples of simple sentences with unlikes:

    He was ugly (negative), but also kind (positive).
    She was pretty (positive), but also stupid (negative).

    In this examples, you cannot add not only.
    Thank you, brain. Your example make sense to me as well. :)
     
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