I've been reading a novel which original language is chinese and in the translation a there's a part that I don't know if its the correct:

[...] "This butterfly was extremely intelligent. Not only was it not frightened, it even temporarily stopped on his fingertips, both wings glittering and beautiful to the utmost degree."

which one is correct, "was it not" or "it wasn't" ?

I'm not a native speaker, and since the amount of time given in the schools to english subject is very little so I've learn english mostly by my own, therefore I apologize and I would like to know if I made any mistake in here, thank you.

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    I guess it is nicer to show the effort you already made, such as the definition/explanation and examples / grammar rules and examples in a dictionary or other trusted reference. For example Cambridge Dictionary – WXJ96163 Mar 26 at 5:58
  • It should be Not only was it frightened. The second not seems to be a typo. – Void Mar 26 at 6:34
  • @DecapitatedSoul - you are mistaken. The butterfly was not frightened, as the text makes clear (it stepped on his fingertips). No typo. No mistake. – Michael Harvey Mar 26 at 7:11
  • Ah.. I didn't read the full sentence. Only read emboldened text.. my apologies. – Void Mar 26 at 7:12

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