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    Default focusing adverbs

    Well...It has been a long time, but that does not mean I do not study English. Today, I would like to ask a question

    about "focusing adverbs" such as only, even , mostly, etc.

    I know as focusing adverbs are put in front of nouns, they can modify or put attention to them. For example,

    Even I love you, only you can do it, and so on.


    But what I can not understand is that if focusing adverbs modifies nouns with adjectives, Do they just modifies

    adjectives or nouns. For example,

    Even smart stduents didn't know it, only warm-hearted people are allowed, and I heard about mostly good things.

    Of course, I think both ways are possible but in my non-native English speaker sense, I can not find any meaning

    difference between them, expecially "I heard about mostly good things", so in there, "mostly" can modify "good" and

    the whole noun, "good things". Then, is there a meaning difference between them? Please help me out again and

    thank you in advance.

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    Default Re: focusing adverbs

    The modify the combination of the adjective and noun- even smart students does not refer to all smart people or all students, but just those students who are smart.
    Even I love you
    Out of interest, what do you mean by this?
    Last edited by Tdol; 18-Apr-2012 at 10:57. Reason: Typo

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    Default Re: focusing adverbs

    Thank you all and I just made the sentence instantly, so there is no any history and specific meaning in there.

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