is only understandable but salutary

Michael30000

Senior Member
Russian
Hello everyone,

That businessmen should from time to time direct candid criticism toward our Government is only understandable but salutary in a free democracy.
Clarence B. Randall

Does "is only understandable but salutary" mean "is not only understandable but also salutary"

Thank you
 
  • dojibear

    Senior Member
    English - Northeast US
    "not only A but B" = "not only A but also B" = "A and also B"

    So the bold says that (A) criticism is understandable, and (B) criticism is salutary.
     
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