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I'm trying to write 2 sentences with "not only...but also", but I don't really no if they are correct or not!


1.I don’t like to go to college because not only it costs a lot but they also might waste my time by teaching unnecessary topics.

2.as a junior or senior web developer, not only you can work for companies but you also can work as a self-employed.

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1.I don’t like to go to college because not only does it cost a lot but it might also waste my time by making me learn unnecessary topics.

2.As a junior or senior web developer, not only you can work for companies but you can also work as self-employed.

I think this is a more natural placement of the word also. In the first sentence it may be confusing if you change the subject, so I made it work with IT, which refers to going to college or higher education in general.

Another point is that if a clause begins with not only (as in sentence 1), you can use the inversion of Auxiliary and Subject, although it is not compulsory, especially in spoken language.

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  • thanks for your answer could please do me a favor and write the correct version of my sentences?
    – vahid
    Dec 28, 2020 at 19:46
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    I did! The first sentence would be poor English if you use "they".
    – fev
    Dec 28, 2020 at 19:48
  • I'm so sorry, now I can see it. thank u so much
    – vahid
    Dec 28, 2020 at 19:51

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