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Can somebody give me examples of these connectors with two verbs? Two different activities!

Ich höre sowohl klassik als auch Pop. Here there only one verb used. Would like to know if I could do two activities using two verbs at the same time. Ich höre nicht nur klassik, sondern auch Pop. Sie hört weder Rock noch Jazz. Er hört entweder Rock or Techno. In all these examples there only a single type of verb which compliments the two objects. What if I want to say. I go to theatre as much I play cricket. Or... I either watch a movie or I play cricket. I don't only watch cricket but also read books. I hope it's a bit clear to you now.

My translation attempts: 1) Ich lese sowohl Bücher als ich auch Cricket spiele.

2) Ich esse nicht nur Pizza, sondern gehe ich auch ins Fitnessstudio.

3) Ich esse weder gesundes Essen noch gehe ich ins Fitnessstudio.

4) Ich bleibe entweder zu Hause, oder gehe ich ins kino.

Not sure about the komma placements.

  • ATM this looks like a homework (-like) question to me. Could you edit your question and add, what examples you find in standard dictionaries or simple internet search and why exactly those findings don't fit your expectations or what exactly you don't understand about their usage? – Arsak Mar 10 '18 at 12:36
  • Ich höre sowohl Klassik als auch Pop. Here there is only one verb used. Would like to know if I could do two activities using two verbs at the same time. Ich höre nicht nur klassik, sondern auch Pop. Sie hört weder Rock noch Jazz. Er hört entweder Rock or Techno. In all these examples there only a single type of verb which compliments the two objects. What if I want to say. I go to theatre as much I play cricket. Or... I either watch a movie or I play cricket. I don't only watch cricket but also read books. I hope it's a bit clear to you now. – pranav vibhute Mar 10 '18 at 12:45
  • Yes, much better! Could you please edit your question and add your previous comment there? This will help people to help you. – Arsak Mar 10 '18 at 12:48
  • Yes sure! Thanks! I'll do that right away. It was my first query ever so didn't figure it out until now! Thanks a lot – pranav vibhute Mar 10 '18 at 12:49
  • And regarding your question: it works similar as in English: you can use different verbs. Just try translating your examples! – Arsak Mar 10 '18 at 12:49
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Ich lese sowohl Bücher als ich auch Cricket spiele.

Unfortunately, this doesn't work. Sowohl … als auch … does not accept finite verb forms. If you need verbs, you have to use infinitives or participles:

Ich kann sowohl deutsche Texte gut lesen und schreiben als auch Hochdeutsch sprechen und verstehen.

These are four infinitives. The predicate is built from the modal verb können and those infinitives.

Ich habe sowohl Bücher gelesen als auch Cricket gespielt.

These are two past participles. You can see you are limited to the perfect tenses (Perfekt, Plusquamperfekt, Futur II) here.

Sowohl Bücher lesen als auch Cricket spielen tue ich.

Ich verbringe meine Zeit sowohl Bücher lesend als auch Cricket spielend.

These are two ways to get around the infinitive/participle limitation in the other tenses.


Ich esse nicht nur Pizza, sondern ich gehe ich auch ins Fitnessstudio.

Nicht nur … sondern auch connects two main clauses. That's why you need to follow the V2 word order in the second clause.

Ich esse weder gesundes Essen , noch gehe ich ins Fitnessstudio.

Apart from the comma, that's correct. Weder … noch … also connects two main clauses but the noch isn't only a conjuction but an adverb too. It fills in first position.

Ich bleibe entweder zu Hause, oder ich gehe ich ins Kino.

Same as with nicht nur … sondern auch ….

  • Oh this is beautiful. Right now I am studying B1 level. So, I still have to learn some of the tenses or the usage of a few. But you've cleared my doubt! Thanks a lot! I am sure I'll be apply these soon when I learn the other tenses. – pranav vibhute Mar 10 '18 at 18:57

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