Not only...but

flowersophy

Senior Member
Chinese-China
Hi,

A.I not only knew her, but was her
best friend.
B. Not only did I know her, but was her
best friend.
(Quoted from a reference book for English learning)

Are the two sentences correct?

Many thanks!
 
  • dojibear

    Senior Member
    English - Northeast US
    A. I not only knew her, but was her best friend.:tick:
    B. Not only did I know her, but I was her best friend.:tick:

    That is what I would use in AE. In sentence B the subject "I" is part of the "not only" clause, so must be repeated in the "but" clause. In sentence A the subject is outside the "not only" clause, and can be used for both parts.

    Not only was it blue, it was bright blue!
    It was not just blue, but bright blue!
     
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