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    mysterious placement of 'only'

    There's this extract from Simon & Schuster's Handbook for Writers:


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    2) Professional coaches only say that high salaries motivate players. [The coaches probably do not mean what they say.]
    3) Professional coaches say only that high salaries motivate players. [The coaches say nothing else]
    ..


    The 2) sentence really confuses me. What does it mean? Does it mean that those coaches are kidding?
    Thx!

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    Re: mysterious placement of 'only'

    In sentence 2 the word "say" is stressed so that the implication is that coaches "only say" something, but "actually mean" something else.

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    Re: mysterious placement of 'only'

    Thanks! I get it

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