Grammar Info
N3 Lesson 6: 10/24

not only…but also, as well as

Verb + ばかりでなく(1)
[い]Adjective + ばかりでなく(1)
[な]Adjective + + ばかりでなく(1)
Noun + ばかりでなく(1)

(1) ばかり
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ばかりでなく is a combination of the 副助詞(ふくじょし) (adverbial particle) ばかり, with the conjugated (and negated) form of the 助動詞(じょどうし) (auxiliary verb) . It can be translated as ‘not only (A), (B)’, or ‘not limited to (A), (B).
As ばかり is a 副助詞(ふくじょし), it may be paired with the 連体形(れんたいけい) (attributive form) of other words.
  • 彼(かれ)は仕事(しごと)ばかりではなく、家事(かじ)もちゃんとやっています
    Not only does he work, but he does house chores too.
  • 都内(とない)ある安(やす)いアパートは古(ふる)いばかりではなくだいたい小(ちい)さくて汚(きたな)い。
    Cheap apartments in metropolitan areas aren't only old, but they are usually small and dirty.
  • この池(いけ)は綺麗(きれい)なばかりではなく、ワニが沢山(たくさん)いるので危(あぶ)ないです
    This lake is more than just beautiful, there are a lot of alligators, so it is dangerous too.
  • 彼(かれ)は宝(たから)くじ当(あ)たって、車(くるま)ばかりではなく、ボートバイクも買(か)った。
    He won the lottery, and not only did he buy a car, but he also bought a bike and a boat.
Like all other grammar points that negate , several forms may be seen. でなく, でなくて, ではなく, ではなくて, じゃなく, じゃなくて. However, it is important to remember that the addition of the は particle will place further emphasis on ない.
ばかりでなく is considered to be the more formal version of だけでなく. This means that だけでなく will appear far more commonly in everyday speech and writing.
  • 彼(かれ)は友達(ともだち)だけでなく、家族(かぞく)も内緒(ないしょ)海外(かいがい)引(ひ)っ越(こ)した。
    Not only did he not tell his friends, but he didn't even tell his family about moving abroad.
  • 彼女(かのじょ)はバスケだけでなく、水泳(すいえい)もするそうです
    Not only can she play basketball, but I heard that she can swim too.
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Tanaka is good at soccer as well as swimming.
Japanese not only has Kanji, but also has Hiragana and Katakana too.
Not only did Yamada’s friends not know that she went to America but her family didn’t know either.