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Not Only . . . But Also Exercise

There are basically two counterpoint constructions involving the juxtaposition of “not only” and “but also”: If a verb precedes “not only,” the verb must apply to both things that follow (“[verb] not only [this] but also [that]”). If the verb follows “not only,” it applies only to the first thing, and the second thing must have its own verb (“not only [verb] [this] but also [verb] [that]”).

Each of the following sentences incorrectly establishes a relationship between two things with a setup of “not only” followed by a faultily constructed counterpoint; revise the sentences as necessary to achieve parallel construction.