Today’s Grammar Point:  ~だけじゃなく/~だけでなく

~だけじゃなく/~だけでなく means “not only ~” so inevitably a “but also” part which is indicated with the particle も follows.


  • [noun] + だけじゃなく/だけでなく
  • [いadj] + だけじゃなく/だけでなく
  • [なadj] + だけじゃなく/だけでなく
  • [plain form verb] + だけじゃなく/だけでなく


にくだけじゃなく、野菜やさいべなさい。(today’s caption)
Eat not only meat but also vegetables.

I can speak French as well as Japanese.

That cake is not only delicious but also looks cute.

Mr. Brown is not only kind, but also good at teaching.

John is not only good as sports, he also has excellent grades.

この 野菜やさい新鮮しんせんなだけじゃなく、無農薬むのうやくです。
This vegetable is not only fresh, but also organic.

ジョンさんはたくさん べるだけじゃなくて、たくさんおさけみます。
John not only eats a lot, but also drinks a lot.

Amy is not only learning the piano, she also attends a swimming school

Not only did I finish my homework yesterday, but I also prepared for tomorrow’s lessons.

Not only did John not do his homework, but he was late for class, so he was called into the staff room.

Answer to Today’s Question: c. も

~だけでなく is always used with も although the phrase with も may not be expressed.

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