NOT ONLY will you have excellent grammar but you’ll look cool too: Using INVERSION

If you learn this not only will you have excellent
grammar but you’ll look cool too. This is Leonardo da vinci who was not only
a great painter but an inventor too. This is Eddie Eagen who not only won a gold medal
at the summer Olympics for boxing but also at the winter Olympics for Bobsleigh. The only
person to have done that. Hello and welcome to LetThemTalk and what
I want to talk to you about today is how to use “not only……but also” in English. So
you probably guessed already by my examples but we use “not only” to show a surprise with
two things. Listen to this example. She can speak seven languages and she plays the
ukulele too. Ok big deal. Now listen to this sentence again
using “not only”. NOT ONLY CAN SHE speak seven languages but
she plays the ukulele too. Wow! Do you see the difference and did you
see what I did with the grammar here? If you want to really emphasise it then you
start the phrase with “not only” and here you use what we call in English grammar INVERSION.
So with inversion the auxiliary verb is switched so that it goes before the subject and if
there is no auxiliary then you use the verb “to do” just like in a question except that
it’s not a question. So if you know how to make a question in English
then you know how to use inversion too. Easy. Ok let’s just have a look at some more examples. NOT ONLY DOES SHE write novels but she also writes poetry. NOT ONLY WAS HE late but he was also rude. NOT ONLY DID THEY drink all the beer but they
ate all the doughnuts too. NOT ONLY IS HE the pope but he’s a woman too OK the last one’s not true but you see how to use it now.
So there you are. Thank you for watching and if you have any examples of using NOT ONLY
yourself then put them in the comments. See you next time.

31 thoughts on “NOT ONLY will you have excellent grammar but you’ll look cool too: Using INVERSION

  1. Not only is important to study on the week but also on the weekend.

  2. Not only do I like your videos, but also I share it with my best friends too.

  3. please tell me the meaning of 'I'd say otherwise' & how to use it in past form

  4. Not only is it good to learn grammar in English but also we should listen to English!

  5. Not only are your classes great and amusing to watch but you're a really good person to learn from too..

  6. Not only u have a funny why to explain grammar but u have a great londoner accent too

  7. Hello there 🙂 helpful video for my presentation. I've got a question. This "not only… but also" we can use it in negative statements?

  8. Not only he didn"t helped me but also he was rude and 'I was ashamed too.

  9. Not only did I learn something new with this video, but It also made me want to watch more videos.

  10. Not only do I subscribed to his channel but i also liked his video…

  11. Great, one question, may I start the sentence like this / She is not only educate… / or always will be / Not only….. / Thanks in advance.

  12. Not only are you the best teacher but youre videos are amusing too

  13. Not only did they eat the fish, but they also didn't wash the frying pan!! 🙂

  14. How lovely introduction. Not only are you a great English teacher, but a funny guy too.

    You're a pistol, you're really funny. You're really funny!

  15. Dear Gideon
    Here are some examples of the grammar you have taught.
    Not only will I subscribe to your channel but I will put "like" to all your videos too.
    Not only was it a great pleasure to learn English at LetThemTalk but it was also really educational.
    Not only are you a great teacher but you are a good actor too.
    Not only did children like me but they worked hard in class too.
    Not only did he play in football in mud get dirty but he also pinned his new ball.
    Not only is Gideon a brilliant teacher but he has the best "on-line" student too.
    Thank you for all. Wish you good luck.

  16. Not only have I discovered a great English teacher today, but I've also found a witty one / but I've found him to be witty, too..

  17. Not only am I learning from your lessons but also I'm planning to teach them to my efl students.

  18. Not only are you an exellent teacher, bu t you're also pretty funny and playful

  19. It will not only make them less adventurous but also kill their aptitude for learning new things (People say its not a parallel )


  21. Not only are we all living in a beautifull planet called Earth, but also we can Whisky Galore…LOL

  22. Not only was I dreaming after months of not doing it so but I was dreaming in English!

  23. Not only am I glad to learn how to use inversion with a 'not only' phrase, but I also would be glad if I could learn some other examples of inversion.

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