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As in this sentence:

Not only should you cook your meals, but also they should be healthy.

The first subject is "you", and the second subject is "meals". Can I use not only... but also... this way? Otherwise what's the best way to connect the two parts?

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Not really. Not only . . . but also assumes parallel subjects.

The best way to connect them, in the example you gave, is simply to drop the also:

Not only should you cook your meals, but they should be healthy.

Alternatively, you could rewrite it to make the subjects parallel:

Not only should your meals be cooked by you, but they should also be healthy.

There you're getting into the passive voice, though, which a lot of people like to avoid. Personally, I would avoid it here, simply because it's too wordy.

One more possibility, again trying to make the subjects parallel:

Not only should you cook your meals, but you should make them healthy.

Slight change in meaning, but works better.

  • Check your second quote. I think you meant be* not by:) otherwise excellent answer. – Element115 Mar 7 '18 at 2:24
  • Do you disagree that but they should also be healthy as in my answer sounds good? Seems like something I would say, but I'm curious what you think. – Element115 Mar 7 '18 at 2:28
  • I am curious about @Element115's question too . – user70775 Mar 7 '18 at 3:56
  • I do think it sounds better that way, which is why I worded it that way in my second example. But i think that keeping the also in there at all means that the subjects really should be parallel. – spoko Mar 7 '18 at 3:56
  • Excellent explanation, and thanks for acknowledging the other answer! – user70775 Mar 7 '18 at 18:53
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Well technically you can, but I think it sounds more flowing and connected if you say

Not only should you cook your meals, but they should also be healthy.

Putting the also right after the but sounds abrupt and choppy to my ear.

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