Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Not only . . . but also

from Ruge Rules

The Rule: In the not only . . . but also construction, the two items connected must be similar in kind.

So:

Wrong: He not only painted the "Annunciation" but also [painted] the "Mona Lisa."
Right: He painted not only the "Annunciation" but also the "Mona Lisa."

Wrong: He not only played for Washington but also for Detroit and Pittsburgh.
Right: He played not only for Washington but also for Detroit and Pittsburgh.


Wrong: He not only coached soccer but also tennis.
Right: He coached not only soccer but also tennis.

Right: He taught not only physics and chemistry but also algebra and geometry.

Right: He not only taught five periods a day but also coached three sports.


(This falls under Harbrace's hugely important Chapter 26: Parallelism)

8 comments:

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Remen Raj said...

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Jime said...

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