Is it possible that both of the following sentences are correct? Or is only the second one correct?

Not only will we hear more noise during the day and night, but we will also lose our special old park.

We will not only hear more noise during the day and at night, but we will also lose our special old park.

Thank you in advance.

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    Yes, I think both are possible. I also think the first one sounds more formal.
    – user1513
    May 30, 2014 at 17:41
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    What @Fantasier said. But also note that the further you remove only from its referent (hear, in this case), the more scope there is for totally different senses to creep in. "Not only will we hear more noise, so will people living miles away." May 30, 2014 at 18:32

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"Not only" can be moved to the beginning of the clause for emphasis. It is then followed by auxiliary verb+subject. If there is no other auxiliary, "do"is used. "But" can be left out in this case. Examples:

  1. Not only has she been late three times, she has also done no work.

  2. Not only do they need clothing, but they are also short of water.

Your second sentence, as mentioned by Fantasier, is correct.

  • +1 particularly for pointing out that but can often be left out. Personally, I find it a bit "awkward/unnatural" in OP's example #1. May 30, 2014 at 20:38
  • You're right. I agree with you. It seems a bit awkward.
    – M.N
    May 30, 2014 at 20:52

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