DAILY GRAMMAR (DG) 11-08-2018

1a. Taiwo is not only brilliant but responsible. (No)

Taiwo is not only brilliant but also responsible. (Yes)

1b. Nigeria is not only corrupt but also South
Africa. (No)

Not only Nigeria but also South Africa is corrupt.

1c. She is not only beautiful but also has a good sense of fashion. (No)

She is not only beautiful but also fashionable. (Yes)

(When “not only” is used in a sentence, “but also” should come after it. “Not only…but also” is used with respect to a single person or thing with two qualities or two persons or things with a common quality. Then, when using the correlative conjunction, attention should be given to parallelism meaning that the words following the two parts of the conjunction should belong to the same grammatical or lexical categories.)

2a. Not only the players but also the coach are to blame for the poor performance of the team. (No)

Not only the players but also the coach is to blame for the poor performance of the team. (Yes)

2b. Not only the lecturer but also the students is responsible for the mass failure. (No)

Not only the lecturer but also the students are responsible for the mass failure. (Yes)

(As it applies to other correlative conjunctions, “either…or” and “neither…nor”, the second noun, the nearer to the verb, determines agreement in a sentence.)

3. Prepare well for the exams lest you will fail. (No)

Prepare well for the exams lest you should fail. (Yes)

(“Lest” means “for fear that” and it is usually used with “should” though it is sometimes omitted. For example, “Lest I forget, I have a message for you”.)

Did You Know?

“Feedback” is the shortest word that contains the first six letters of the English alphabet: ABCDEF.

Can you think of other words that contain ABCDEF?

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