'not only...but also'


Senior Member
NZ English
1) Is each part of the two parts of the correlative conjunction 'not only...but also' supposed to stick together, as well as join parallel items?

Here, they join main clauses:
Not only do I find sales exciting but also I have the necessary confidence and flair.

I feel as though it sounds better if 'also' is placed after I:
Not only do I find sales exciting but I also have the confidence and flair needed.

2) But are we allowed to separate 'but' and 'also'?
3) Also, do you believe this one is OK?
He not only painted the "Annunciation" but also [painted] the "Mona Lisa."

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    Senior Member
    American English
    I think you're allowed to separate "but" and "also" -- but that's because I believe that "also" is optional.
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