Not only … but also

 

Not only … but also

Use to say two related things are true or happened, especially when this is surprising and shocking

The expression following not only and that following but also

should have the same grammatical structure

Example:

The arowana as a game fish is known not only

for its beautiful sheen but also for its fighting quality.

Alternatively,

the sentence could be re-constructed thus:

The arowana as a game fish is known for not only

its beautiful sheen but also its fighting quality

– BUT NOT

The arowana as a game fish is not only known for

its beautiful sheen but also its fighting quality.

 

Whether … or

Consider the sentence:

 “He has not decided whether to go to Seremban or

to spend his holiday at home.”

It follows the “rule” of a balanced construction.

Now consider a variation of the sentence:

“He has not decided whether to go to

Seremban or not (to go to Seremban)”

which is also a balanced construction.

 How­ever,

when the second expression,

“or not”, is the negative of the first expression,

it is not necessary to provide the “balance”.

Thus,

it is enough to write:

“He has not decided whether to go to Seremban.”

Note, however,

that the alternative expression,

 “or not”, is retained for emphasis

when the sentence begins with the subordinate clause:

Whether you like it OR NOT,

you have to stay in tonight.”

tengk

 

1 Comment »

  1. Gry pl said

    I do like the way you have presented this particular situation plus it does indeed give us a lot of fodder for consideration. On the other hand, through just what I have seen, I only wish as other commentary pack on that folks remain on issue and not start on a soap box involving some other news of the day. Anyway, thank you for this fantastic piece and even though I can not necessarily go along with the idea in totality, I value your point of view.

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