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Not only ... but also ...

Not only and but also normally go immediately before the words or expressions that they modify.

  • The place was not only good, but also safe.
  • She is not only a good wife, but also a good mother.
  • She speaks not only English, but also French.

Mid position with verb is also possible.

For emphasis not only can be moved to the beginning of a clause. Note that we use the inverted word order 'not only + auxiliary verb + subject'. But can be left out in some cases.

  • She was not only sad, but also angry.
  • Not only was she sad; she was also angry.
  • They not only need food, but also shelter.
  • Not only do they need food, but they also need shelter.
  • Not only do they need food; they also need shelter.

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As well as
Using as well as
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