Consider the sentence:

I did not only go to the store.

It has the same meaning as

Going to the store was not the only thing I did.

Is the first sentence grammatically correct, or do I need to add an independent clause to it?

  • The first sentence is nonsense.
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Aug 30, 2019 at 1:06
  • I do not only disagree with the previous comment, but I also think the first sentence makes complete sense. It's less common to omit a second clause, but that doesn't mean it's wrong to do so. If I did not go to the store is fine (which it is), then I did not only go to the store is also fine. Commented Aug 30, 2019 at 1:12

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I did not only go to the store.

The sentence is grammatically correct, but it does beg a second clause or sentence(s).

As in: Google Books

Going Down Under Over

I did not only go Down Under.

The second sentence cited from Google Books:

It is a great story to show how God took my family to Australia.

In context I would suspect the next sentence(s) would explain what else one did on the trip to the store.

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