not only do * but also

In the English Grammar Profile, C1 point 19 in CONJUNCTIONS/coordinating is defined as:

inverted auxiliary ‘do’ + the subject after ‘not only’, to give focus.

For example:

It‘s kind of like the dirty, little secret of povertywhich is that, not only do poor people take in very little income, but also, the income that they take in, they don’t spend it very wisely, and unfortunatelymost of that spending is done by men.

*This is an overlapping point at multiple levels.

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