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I’d like your help in this grammar muddle. Which is correct? Are both structures correct?

1)
She not only wrote the text but also selected the illustrations.
OR
2) She didn't only write the text but also selected the illustrations
I got myself tangled up with this grammar issue. I’d really appreciate it if you could help me with this question.

Regards from Lima - Peru.
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not only she wrote the text, but she also selected the illustrations

you might have received tons of answers in the meanwhile, I see your posting is quite old, but I thought my answer could be appreciated.
cristina, exeter UK
Anonymousnot only she wrote the text
This is completely wrong in this context. "Not only she" means someone else did too.
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This is the latest response ever - but the first one would be correct.

Actually, the first one is slightly wrong, though it is the best answer.

"not only" should always come before the thing that it is modifying. This is tricky, but when you look at the sentence, you'll see that she is writing not only THE TEXT. If you put "not only" in front of "wrote," then that could mean that she is doing some other action besides writing.

So the completely correct form would be,
She wrote not only the text, but also selected the illustrations.
Hi,

This is the latest response ever - but the first one would be correct.

Actually, the first one is slightly wrong, though it is the best answer.

"not only" should always come before the thing that it is modifying. This is tricky, but when you look at the sentence, you'll see that she is writing not only THE TEXT. If you put "not only" in front of "wrote," then that could mean that she is doing some other action besides writing. That's exactly the situation. The other action she is doing is 'selecting'.

So the completely correct form would be,

She wrote not only the text, but also selected the illustrations.

No. The underlying idea is that

she not only did this .. . . but also did that. . .

she not only wrote . . , but also selected . . .

ie She not only wrote the text, but also selected the illustrations.

Compare the above to

She wrote not only the text but also the advertising.

Best wishes, Clive

Hi Lima - Peru

The top sentence is correct. 'Didn't' in this context is incorrect. But you could have

Not only did she write the text but also selected the illustrations.

BUT I think there may be a comma after 'text' - which is why I have come to this site. Can anyone tell me if there is a comma before and/or after 'not only but'?

Brittany, France
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sorry, i am not good at grammar but i recommend that. she wrote not only the text but also selected the illustrations is correct.

she didn't write not only the text but also selected the illustrations.

regard,
jenny
Hi Jenny,

Did you read the earlier suggestions by people who have other opinions? It's great that you want to help people, but it's better if you try to explain your reasons. Emotion: smile

Best wishes, Clive
Good explanations Clive. It's kind of surprising to see that even native speakers struggle with that. And I agree that not only she is completely unambiguous in the context of the sentence.

Thanks
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Mr. Torres-Rivero: As the other ladies and gentlemen have suggested, No. 1 is the usual construction. Nevertheless, your No. 2 may be almost correct, too. I found this example in Professor Quirk's A COMPREHENSIVE GRAMMAR OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE: Not only did they steal his books, but they also tore up his manuscripts. The professor explains that putting "not only" first is more dramatic. Therefore, I assume that the "natural" order would be correct, too: They did not only steal his books, but they also tore up his manuscripts. With that in mind, surely the following is "good" English: She did not only write the text, but she also selected the illustrations.
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