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不但...而且...
bú dàn ...ér qiě ...
phr. not only...but also...
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不但 is alway used in the first clause, and 而且 in the second. When both clauses have the same subject, the subject needs to appear before 不但 in the first clause, and it cannot be used before 而且 (Example 1). When the two clauses have different subjects, 不但 and 而且 have to be used before the subjects (Example 2).
Example 1. 这件衣服不但漂亮,而且很便宜。 [phr] This coat is not only splendid but also cheap.
Example 2. 不但我会说汉语,而且我的妻子也会说汉语。 [phr] No only I can speak Chinese, my wife can also speak Chinese.
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