“Not only but also” coordinating conjunction

In short, Not only but also” coordinating conjunction is —

  • Used to add extra similar information 
  • It is also called cumulative conjunction 
  • Paired or corelative conjunction. 
  • Connect two independent clauses. 
  • Used to form compound and mixed sentences. 

Simple rules of not only but also coordinating conjunction 

  1. It connects two words, phrase, or independent clauses. 
  2. It can be placed at the beginning or in the middle of the clause. 
  3. Comma is used when not only but also placed at the beginning, and for emphasis. 
  4. It connects same grammatical units such as words, phrases, or clauses equally.
  5. Changes in subject verb agreement. 

1.Not only but also to connect — 

  • This garden is not only large but also clean. (two adjectives)
  • Roger Federer is not only a tennis champion but also a role model for youth. (two phrases) 
  • He not only played well but also won the game. (two clauses)

2.Not only but also at the beginning —

  • Not only is Himalaya a folded mountain, but it also an ecological hotspots. (inversion of auxiliary and comma for stress) 
  • Not only Ganga but also Indus river is originating from Himalaya. (no comma, no stress) 
  • Not only snakes but also lizards are reptiles (two plural nouns with plural auxiliary) 

3.Comma in not only but also —

  • Not only is Himalaya a folded mountain, but it also an ecological hotspots. (inversion of auxiliary and comma for stress) 
  • Not only did technology make human life easy, but it also created sense of fear. (special emphasis, so comma is there) 

4.Not only but also to connect same grammatical units —

  • Mango is not only a nutritious but also an affordable tropical fruit. (adjectives) 
  • WTO is established not only to deal with rules but also to facilitate negotiations for free trade. (two infinitives) 
  • Global warming is not only a cause for  climate change but also a threat for biodiversity.(two phrases) 
  • Trees not only breathe through leaves but also produce food through photosynthesis.(two independent clauses) 

5.Subject verb agreement in not only but also —

  • Not only Ganga but also Indus river is originating from Himalaya. (two singular nouns with singular auxiliary) 
  • Not only snakes but also lizards are reptiles (two plural nouns with plural auxiliary) 
  • Not only she but also her relatives are so co-operative.(singular +plural = plural near auxiliary is used) 

Now let’s see some other examples of not only but also coordinating conjunction

For emphasis :– with comma

  • Water scarcity is not only a challenge, but also a big environmental concern.
  • UN is not only an intergovernmental forum for discussion but also a catalyst for global development.
  • Green energy is not only a potential solution for global warming, but it also a sustainable alternative for conventional energy.
  • Not only are natural disasters threatening human lives, but they are also damaging infrastructure.
  • Not only is it raining continuously, but it is also making daily routine difficult.
  • Not only did technology make human life easy,but it also created sense of fear.
  • Not only is industrial sector providing higher wages, but it also bringing structural changes.

These are not so simple examples, but practically workable. Afterall, you are going to use it for a purpose. Hope this inputs will work for you.

Adverbial complements

Conjunctions for alternative choices.

Provided that and on condition that

Explanation of cumulative conjunction

US first policy and trade war

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