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    Word order2

    Hi!

    I really want to enquire about some word order with the following sentences.
    Please, let me know which one exactly means what? Or if there is any difference between the different bunch of sentences?

    - Here everybody speaks English.
    - Everybody here speaks English.
    - Everybody speaks here English.
    - Everybody speaks English here.

    - I, too, have gone to the cinema.
    - I have gone to the cinema, too.
    - I have gone to the cinema, as well.

    - Also I have gone to the cinema.
    - I also have gone to the cinema.
    - I have also gone to the cinema.
    - I have gone also to the cinema.
    - I have gone to the cinema also.

    - Only I have done the housework.
    - I only have done the housework.
    - I have only done the housework.
    - I have done only the housework.

    Thanks for answering in advance. Bye.

    Balázs.

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    Re: Word order2

    Quote Originally Posted by borsbali View Post
    Hi!

    I really want to enquire about some word order with the following sentences.
    Please, let me know which one exactly means what? Or if there is any difference between the different bunch of sentences?

    - Here, everybody speaks English.
    - Everybody here speaks English.
    - Everybody speaks here English.
    - Everybody speaks English here.
    The first, second, and fourth sentences all mean about the same thing. The third sentence ("Everybody speaks here English") is ungrammatical. It doesn't mean anything.

    ~R
    Last edited by RonBee; 18-Nov-2007 at 20:56. Reason: fix goof (Thanks: PTB)

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    Re: Word order2

    Quote Originally Posted by borsbali View Post
    Hi!

    - Only I have done the housework.
    - I only have done the housework.
    - I have only done the housework.
    - I have done only the housework.
    The meaning of the first sentence is that the speaker (or writer) did the housework without any help. The other three sentences mean about the same thing: he or she did the housework and nothing else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    The first, second, and fourth sentences all mean about the same thing. The second sentence ("Everybody speaks here English") is ungrammatical. It doesn't mean anything.

    ~R

    Everybody here speaks English but does everybody here is good at Maths?
    Everybody speaks here English is not the second, it's the third sentence.

    Btw how is poet?


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    Quote Originally Posted by borsbali View Post
    - I, too, have gone to the cinema.
    - I have gone to the cinema, too.
    - I have gone to the cinema, as well.
    Sentence 1 is grammatically correct. However, this style is formal and seems far too formal for the context.

    The use of too and as well in sentences 2 and 3 is also correct and the sentences mean the same thing. I don't think I would use a comma in sentence 3, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by borsbali View Post
    - I, too, have gone to the cinema.
    - I have gone to the cinema, too.
    - I have gone to the cinema, as well.

    - Also, I have gone to the cinema.
    - I also have gone to the cinema.
    - I have also gone to the cinema.
    - I have gone also to the cinema.
    - I have gone to the cinema also.
    The first sentence ("I, too, have gone to the cinema") means that the person has gone to the cinema in addition to someone else (not mentioned here).


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    Also, I have gone to the cinema.
    The person went to the cinema in addition to something else he or she did.


    The following sentences are somewhat ambiguous:
    I have gone to the cinema, too.

    I have gone to the cinema, as well.

    I also have gone to the cinema.

    I have also gone to the cinema.

    I have gone to the cinema also.
    While I can make an educated guess that somebody went to the cinema and that he (or she) also did so, there is another possible interpretation. Perhaps the speaker (or writer) went to the cinema in addition to something else he (or she) did. Additional context would make us more sure of our interpretation.

    The sentence "I have gone also to the cinema" is ungrammatical and is meaningless.

    ~R

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    Quote Originally Posted by ProudToBeMuslim View Post
    Everybody here speaks English but does everybody here is good at Maths?
    Everybody speaks here English is not the second, it's the third sentence.
    You are right. (I put the sentence in quotes just in case I goofed, which I did.)

    (I should have read that before I posted it.)

    Quote Originally Posted by ProudToBeMuslim View Post
    Btw how is poet?
    Doing fine, I am. But my poems today tend to be quite short (if you can call them poems).

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    I would call them short poems. :)
    What a nice idea from my brilliant brain.
    Don't be so embarrassed, if you didn't goofed (new word for me) then how could I pointed it out. :)

    Yes, edit because I goofed.
    Last edited by ProudToBeMuslim; 18-Nov-2007 at 21:27.

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    That's what erasers are on pencils for.

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