1. Not only you are right, but also he is right.

Can I change it to the following?

  1. Not only you but also he is right.
  • "Not only you are but he is also right." Using not only...but also, this seems to be the only option.
    – Ram Pillai
    Commented Jul 31, 2020 at 10:51

1 Answer 1


Both examples in the original post are grammatically correct. I find the first example to be easier to understand.

An idiomatic phrasing is as follows:

  1. You're both right.

Example 3 is not as formal as either of the original post's examples. The following version is just as formal as the original post's examples:

  1. You are both right.

In the Southern dialect of American English, the following two versions are acceptable. However, they are not Standard Written English, so they are less formal than any of the first four examples:

  1. Y'all are right.

  2. Y'all are both right.

  • I'd have ended this answer at 3) The others are not really needed.
    – James K
    Commented Mar 30, 2021 at 20:34
  • Why are your 3 and 4 same? May you tell me why not say: " Not only are you right, but also he is right."?
    – Y. zeng
    Commented May 1, 2021 at 2:48
  • @Y.zeng — 3 & 4 are different. 3 uses a contraction; 4 does not. The contraction makes 3 less formal than 4.
    – Jasper
    Commented May 1, 2021 at 6:32
  • @Y.zeng — As explained in the answer, your option #1 is grammatically correct, and easier to understand than option #2. It is just not idiomatic.
    – Jasper
    Commented May 1, 2021 at 6:36
  • Is this (Not only you but also he is right.) right? It means You is right. in some situations.
    – Y. zeng
    Commented May 2, 2021 at 2:04

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