Independent clause, correlative conjunctions and inversion
The correlative conjunctions are always in pairs. The most common connectors of independent clauses are:
Whether you like it or they like it, doesn't matter.
Both what I say, and what I do are important.
- not only-but also,
Neither had the man gone nor was he going soon.
The two sentences above - negative conjunctions require inversion in the clause. Inversion is normally used in questions and as a language tool to accentuate the uniqueness of the sentence.
Adverbs with negative meaning like: hardly, never, scarcely, little, no sooner, only, so, such, that and some conditionals are the next examples of inversion.
Independent clauses joined by a pair of correlative conjunctions make the sentence look complex and will give the extra marks on formal writing; thus, it is important to master them.
Not only do I want to master my English, but also I want to write complex sentences on my exams.
Not only has Susan Hill written many books, but also she is a master of the English language.
Neither are Gothic themes old-fashioned nor is the gothic novel a fad.
Hardly had I come home when the telephone rang.
No sooner had I come home than the phone rang.
Scarcely had I taken off my coat when they guests came.