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    Hi

    I am stumped but I cannot find the verb in the following sentence. Can anyone please help?

    "One a penny, two a penny, hot cross bun"

    Also, does anyone know the rule(s) to using the adverb "only" in sentences.

    Anil

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    Default Re: I cannot find verb in this sentence

    Hello Anil,
    That's a line from a song. You can understand it to mean
    One (is sold for) a penny, two (are sold for) a penny, (I'm singing about) hot cross buns.

    Songs, like other forms of poetry, don't follow grammatical rules.

    Use "only" as close to the thing you want to modify. If you write a few sentences using it, we can take a look at your placement.

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    Default Re: I cannot find verb in this sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    ...
    That's a line from a song. You can understand it to mean
    One (is sold for) a penny, two (are sold for) a penny, (I'm singing about) hot cross buns.

    Songs, like other forms of poetry, don't follow grammatical rules.

    ...
    But I don't think it's not grammatical because it's a song - it's just not a sentence. It's a sales pitch. The song goes on to say 'If you have no daughters give them to your sons' - which makes it clear that it's not an 'ungrammatical' sentence but a salesman's cry (a sort of vocal advertisement).

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