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    Smile I am from Boston only

    Hi,

    Is this appropriate and if not, then why?

    I am from Boston only.

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    Default Re: I am from Boston only

    I am too from Boston.
    I am from Boston too.

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    Default Re: I am from Boston only

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.Appalayya View Post
    I am too from Boston.
    I am from Boston too.
    what is wrong with the usage of only?

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    Default Re: I am from Boston only

    Quote Originally Posted by anupumh View Post
    Hi,

    Is this appropriate and if not, then why?

    I am from Boston only.

    Thanks
    It depends on what you're trying to say, Anupumh.

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    Default Re: I am from Boston only

    Quote Originally Posted by albeit View Post
    It depends on what you're trying to say, Anupumh.
    so is my statement grammatically incorrect?

    what do you imply from my statement "I am from Boston only"?

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    Default Re: I am from Boston only

    Quote Originally Posted by anupumh View Post
    so is my statement grammatically incorrect?

    what do you imply from my statement "I am from Boston only"?
    Yes, it's grammatical. The only thing that comes to mind now is something to the effect,

    I am a Bostonian, I always was and I always will be.

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    Default Re: I am from Boston only

    Quote Originally Posted by albeit View Post
    Yes, it's grammatical. The only thing that comes to mind now is something to the effect,

    I am a Bostonian, I always was and I always will be.
    I would say "I am a Bostonian, I always have been, and I always will be. I can appreciate that there are those who may say "was" in this sentence, whereas there are those who would not.

    And, of course, I would know because I always have known and always will know.


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    Default Re: I am from Boston only

    More simply:
    I've always lived in Boston.
    or
    I've never lived anywhere but Boston.

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    Smile Re: I am from Boston only

    Quote Originally Posted by anupumh View Post
    so is my statement grammatically incorrect?

    what do you imply from my statement "I am from Boston only"?
    I am from Boston only.

    It's grammatically correct, but there are those who would find it questionable out of context because placing "only" at the end of the sentence is what I call a secondary adverb placement as opposed to primary adverb placement or usual adverb placement. It is decidedly emphatic to place "only" at the end of the sentence. Therefore, out of context it would be questionable to those who may have less flexible views of adverb placement. This is not to say anything against those views, however. It's just a comment on my part.

    So for this sentence to not ... Whoops! I almost split an infinitive. Let's start again. So for this sentence not to seem strange or odd in any way, some context is required to justify placing "only" at the end of this sentence, as placing it at the end gives it strong emphasis which really should find justification within a given context. We would have to know what came before in the dialog to really unders ... Whoops! I almost split an infinitive again . Okay, take two: We would have to know what came before in the dialog to understand the justification for placing "only" at the end of the sentence.




    Last edited by PROESL; 27-Sep-2009 at 04:43.

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    Default Re: I am from Boston only

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    More simply:
    I've always lived in Boston.
    or
    I've never lived anywhere but Boston.
    Yes, it is more simply put that way, though, nonetheless, less emphatically put.


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