Today’s Grammar Point: ~ばかりでなく…も

Today’s grammar point is ~ばかりでなく…も, which means “not only ~ but also ….” It is basically the same as “~だけでなく…も” but ばかりでなく sounds more formal and is more often used in writing while だけでなく sounds a lot more casual and is more often used in conversations.

I think the most difficult part in using this pattern is to decide where to put the particle も in the second part of the sentence. See the examples below and examine why も is placed there.


  • [noun] (+ である/だった) + ばかりでなく …も
  • [plain form verb] + ばかりでなく …も
  • [plain form いadjective stem] + い/かった + ばかりでなく …も
  • [なadjective] な/だった + ばかりでなく …も


I ordered not only sushi but also a lot of sashimi.

Mr. Tanaka is good at not only English but also Chinese.

Mr. Tanaka not only speaks English, but also Chinese.

Mr. Tanaka can not only understand English but also speak fluently.

Mr. Tanaka not only gave a speech in English, but also had a question and answer session in Chinese.

Not only is that sushi restaurant delicious, it’s also reasonably priced.

Not only was that sushi delicious, it also looked great.

Not only is Mr. Tanaka good at sports, he also has a quick mind.

Mr. Tanaka works not only as an English teacher but also as an interpreter.

Not only was Mr. Tanaka an English teacher, he also worked as an English interpreter.

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