I have been looking around to find an answer to my question, but I was unable to find one that addressed my specific problem.

I want to create the following sentence, but I'm not sure whether it's correct.

"Not only the world has changed during this time but also we have in particular."

I apologize in advance if I have overlooked an easy solution to this.


You must change the word order:

Not only has the world changed, but, in particular, also have we

To add emphasis, we can use not only at the beginning of a clause. When we do this, we invert the subject and the verb:

Not only was it raining all day at the wedding but also the band was late.

Not only will they paint the outside of the house but also the inside.

When there is no auxiliary verb or main verb be, we use do, does, did:

Not only did she forget my birthday, but she also didn’t even apologise for forgetting it. - Cambridge Dictionaries

I have a slight problem with the "in particular" bit, though. It's rather clunky and really needs the other inversion "also have we" ("we have also" might work, but it's tempting to expect the sentence to continue "we have also done...)

If I was writing it I think I'd put

Not only has the world changed but, in particular, so have we.

Using so instead of also. It's shorter and directs the emphasis to the end. (Though you still need the second inversion.)

  • Thank you very much for your fast answer and including the link from Cambridge! – Zeb92 Jul 21 '15 at 9:44

I suggest you are very close, I reworded it slightly.

Not only has the world has changed during this time, but also we have in particular.

  • Thank you for replying so fast! That was actually the other way I thought of but I wasn't sure. I will go with the answer of Margana though. – Zeb92 Jul 21 '15 at 9:46
  • Ok then, also this shorter version may have more impact. Not only has the world changed during this time, but so have we. – Kim Ryan Jul 21 '15 at 9:53

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