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When neither… nor… or either… or… are used with two singular nouns, the verb can be singular or plural. A plural verb is more informal.From Oxford Learner's Dictionaries

I wonder if When not only . . . but also is used with two singular nouns, the verb can also be singular or plural.

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In 'not only ... but also' the verb agrees with the subject nearest to it.

Compare:

  • Not only a jacket but also gloves are worn in cold days.
  • Not only gloves but also a jacket is worn in cold days.
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  • Your dress sense is terrible! Either the jacket or the gloves have to go! OR Either the gloves or the jacket has to go! Sep 26, 2023 at 14:15
  • Your dress sense is terrible! Either the jacket or the cat have/has to go! But not only the jacket but the cat has (not have) to go?
    – Jones
    Sep 27, 2023 at 1:30

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