Not only did we lose

blue-pea

Senior Member
Thai
I found this sentence from a book "Not only did we lose our money, but we were nearly killed."

If I write a new sentence, is it possible to write like this? Could you tell me which one is okay?

We not only lost our money, but we were nearly killed.
We lost not only our money, but we were nearly killed.
 
  • entangledbank

    Senior Member
    English - South-East England
    It is better if 'not only' and 'but' (or 'but also') coordinate the same kind of thing:

    We not only lost our money, but we were nearly killed. [two verb phrases]
    We lost not only our money, but also all our luggage. [two noun phrases]
     
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