Myanmar is a beautiful country. It is rich in natural resources.

If I rewrite this sentence as

Myanmar is not only a beautiful country but also rich in natural resources.

Will it be grammatically correct? And does the given sentence make sense?


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That's fine and makes sense. Putting in a comma after the first attribute ("beautiful country") is discretionary and not usually necessary (or desirable) unless the sentence is very long or you really want to emphasize the separateness of the two things, for instance when the spoken sentence might include a dramatic pause after the first item. ("This is not only a top quality shirt, but also very affordable!")

  • You cannot add a comma unless both the sentences are independent clause.
    – ARYF
    Jun 26, 2016 at 7:00

Yes, it is grammatically correct. This is a compound sentence joined by correlative conjunctions.

You should combine related sentences wherever possible. Read here and here to know more about compound sentences.


Yes it is correct.
It can also be written as:

Not only is Myanmar a beautiful country but also rich in natural resources.

  • This is in fact incorrect. To preserve the parallel structure, you must write Not only is Myanmar a beautiful country but it is also rich in natural resources. May 15 at 13:05

It is correct and makes sense, but you'd use this form only if you were confronting the idea that Myanmar is beautiful but doesn't have other positive attributes.

Since this seems unlikely for any context, I'd suggest avoiding this form and more directly write about the positive attributes of Myanmar without this unnecessary negative form.

  • There is nothing negative or confrontational about this form. The phrase but also simply adds emphasis. May 15 at 13:08

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