To Onee's Challenge: Not Only...But Also

Hi, my friends! I was not active for rather long because of a few reasons. I was busy not only teaching but also nursering my little grandniece (almost 5 years old), my big kid (i.e., my hubby thinking about retirement) and our lovely pets (of different age). But my hubby went on a business trip, my grandniece's mom took a health leave and I am able to write a few lines here at last! So...

Not only do I want to thank our dear Onee for such a great blog and challenge, but also intend to show you how to use some other similar constructions.

My husband, as well as I, has been trying to teach you good grammar and vocabulary for a few years. Both Danny and I would like you to write and to speak correctly, but neither of us can learn any grammar rules or vocabulary for you. I am happy to see you not only take part in our grammar tests but also try using the complicated grammar writing your blogs. Not only Danny but also I am happy to correct fewer and fewer mistakes in every next blog written by you. It is great to realize that many EC learners have improved not only grammar but also vocabulary and have learned many new words, expressions and idioms. Either of us can answer any of your questions, but neither of us can practice instead of you. Neither Dan nor I am immortal, so learn from us as much as you can until we pass away. LOL!

I think it is clear what I am up to, isn’t it?  I am going to follow Onee’s  example and to post the similar blog dedicated to NEITHER/EITHER. Would you like me to do it while Danny is on a business trip?

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  • Not only ... but also
    Refers to grouping of things.
    "Not only" means there is more than one thing.
    "But also" means "this is the additional thing" or "these are the additional things"

  • Think of it this way: If you mean to say "It's this, or it is that," then  use "either / or"
    EX: I could wear EITHER the brown sweater OR the yellow one.
    If "It is not going to be this, and it is not going to be that," then use "neither / nor"
    EX: "NEITHER the new radio, NOR the old one would work."

  • Thank you, dear Tanya. I will try. But I really need the Danny's magic pill for bigotry. Because soon I will stop sleeping due to my English learning. haha. Or my husband will starve to death.

  • Welcome! There is one more blog about these words. Try the next

  • WOW. Great. I got it. I have never used the word EITHER fully, just in some cases. 

    Thank you, dear Tanya. 

  • Yes, Sveta. Any/anybody/anything means more than two. The same is about NONE/Nobody/nothing. When we speak about two, we say EITHER and NEITHER.

  • Thank you, Tanya. I got you. If we use ANY It is for many things. If we use EITHER it means we are talking about two things, right? 

  • Dear Sveta! In my blog I speak about two people: Danny and me. In this case ANY is incorrect.

  • Dear Tanya,

    May I ask you a question?

    In the sentence: Either of us can answer any of your questions, can we use ANY instead of Either?

    Is it the same meaning?

  • Thanks, Alex is OK. There is nothing serious, just a runny nose. 

    You are always welcome!

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