"Not only do the children need new clothes, but also need new bookbags."

" The Children not only need clothes but also need new bookbags."

Which one do you often write or say?

Are these the same? Are they correct?

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    In the last 3 days you have posted over 20 questions but you have not marked any answers as correct. Hasn't anyone been able to help you so far? – fluffy Mar 21 '14 at 8:34
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    +1 @fluffy It's not just for the past three days. Check the profile, it's been the scene right from the day one. I think she posts every sentence she comes across and never selects the answer. This puts wrong impression and many might stop answering her questions. I'll commit that I'm one of them. – Maulik V Mar 21 '14 at 8:42
  • How can I mark any answer?? – nima Mar 21 '14 at 8:53
  • ell.stackexchange.com/tour – fluffy Mar 21 '14 at 8:58
  • @nima_persian just by ticking the 'check' sign under the answer you like. It's grayed sign under vote-counting just left to the answer. Spend some time and do that now. That'll be helpful for you as well as others to learn. – Maulik V Mar 21 '14 at 9:23

"Not only do the children need clothes, but they also need new bookbags"

Would be the correct way of writing the first sentence.

"Children need not only clothes, but also new bookbags"

Would be the correct way to write the second sentence.

They mean different things though: the first refers to specific children (the children), the second refers to children in general.

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    For the first half of the second sentence, I thought reversing the order of the verb(need) and the adv(not only) may better meet the grammaticality of parallelism. My version is: Children need not only clothes, but also new bookbags. – Lerner Zhang Aug 2 '15 at 3:07
  • I agree. Here is an example of similar "not only...but also" mistakes: dailywritingtips.com/5-faulty-not-only-but-also-sentences – Daniel Scocco Jun 23 '17 at 0:11

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