So that means that if we want to emphasize an object in a sentece (and want to say it was the only one that...), we can either use (or use either??):
1) "only" before the verb + stress (in speech) on the object
2) "only" before the verb + an italicized object
3) "only" before the object
4) "only" after the object it refers to
Am I right?
I've come across this sentence today:
You need to decide on one answer only. (I suppose it's correct)
Now, I'll try to "transfer" the word only and tell me if it is correct, please...
1) You only need to decide on one answer. (in speech)
2) You only need to decide on one answer. (in a written text)
3) You need to decide on only one answer.
What about "You need to decide only on one answer."? Is it incorrect?
Thanks a lot, Bob.
Also, there's a strong collocation between 'one' and 'only', especially in exam questions and any kind of instructions; e.g., in a classroom -
'Take one only, and pass the rest along to the end of the row.'
Here's my $0.02 on I can only read with my glasses. To me, 'only' modifies the word in front of it. Unless, it's at the end of the sentence, in which case it has no other option but to modify the word before it. So, for example, these have the same meaning:
I can only read.
I can read only.
These also have the same meaning:
Only I can read.
I, only, can read. <The commas stop 'only' from modifying 'can'.
This one is odd:
I only can read.
I only kissed her. <That is, only one action took place.>
I kissed her only. <That is, only one person was kissed>
All the best.
Last edited by Casiopea; 05-Mar-2007 at 12:45.
It seems to me that the position of these adverb (only, just...) is very "free" (Can I say it like this?) - you can put it almost anywhere and you won't make a mistake...
I wonder if there is an exercise (in a book, on the internet etc.) for the usage and "word order position" of "only".
Thank you for your replies and your patience with me .
(By the way, should I put the word "please" (which word class is it??) in (at?) the end of the sentence or is it OK like this?)
Actually, I am having some more questions... I just am not sure if I should or should not ask them in a new thread... They are connected with the position of "also" in a sentence (I believe that isn't that difficult as "only"... At least I hope so!)...
What is the position of "also" in a sentence?
A: I come from NYC.
B: Me too. (= Can replace "too" with "also" somehow?)
I like reading and watching films. Of course, I ALSO like listening to the music.
(Should I put it in front of the verb or in front of the object? Is it ever possible to put it in front of an object?)
I think it'd be a good idea to start a new string. I have done: http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/as...tml#post157825