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Dear Ted:

Which of the following sentences is grammatically correct?

1) Not only the bathroom was flooded, but also the rest of the house.

2) Not only was the bathroom flooded, but also the rest of the house.

Thank you,

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

Which of the following sentences is grammatically correct?

1) Not only the bathroom was flooded, but also the rest of the house.

2) Not only was the bathroom flooded, but also the rest of the house.

*** Both of them are correct.  The only difference between the two is that, in sentence 2, you have divided the verb phrase [was flooded] by inserting "the bathroom."

Either way is correct.

Ted

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