View Poll Results: what does it mean: My sister only went shopping on Monday.

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  • Nobody other than my sister went shopping on Monday.

    0 0%
  • My sister went out for the purpose of shopping and nothing else.

    5 50.00%
  • My sister never shops on any day other than Monday.

    4 40.00%
  • all the above

    1 10.00%
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    Default Is it only "only" ?

    I'm curious what is your answer, and Why?
    (example taken from English usage by Colin G.Hey)

    PS. hmm I think I should have written "any of the above" at 4th option but I don't know how to edit the pull options ...
    Last edited by Jaskin; 29-Jan-2009 at 15:12.

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    Default Re: Is it only "only" ?

    Only the second one works.

    For choice two to work, only needs to go first: Only my sister...

    Choice three would also be correct if you changed it to the past tense to agree with the sentence in question.

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    Default Re: Is it only "only" ?

    I agree with Charlie. (If I could change my vote I would.)

    The sentence would usually read:
    My sister only shops on Monday.

    or

    My sister only goes shopping on Monday.
    Last edited by RonBee; 07-Feb-2009 at 13:27. Reason: change something/ add something

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    Default Re: Is it only "only" ?

    My sister only went shopping on Monday.

    This could mean your sister went shopping on Monday and didn't do anything else that day. Alternatively it could mean she was expected to go shopping on other days, but only did so on Monday. I would interpret it according to context of the conversation.

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    Default Re: Is it only "only" ?

    Quote Originally Posted by thod00 View Post
    My sister only went shopping on Monday.

    This could mean your sister went shopping on Monday and didn't do anything else that day.
    The trouble with that interpretation is that it would be impossible to only go shopping and do nothing else.


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    Default Re: Is it only "only" ?

    The trouble with that interpretation is that it would be impossible to only go shopping and do nothing else.
    I wouldn't say that. I sit here typing messages on internet fora, hour after hour, and going out to the store could be the highlight of my day. Whatever happened to the James Bond lifestyle

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    Default Re: Is it only "only" ?

    You would have to do something else in addition to going shopping even if it's only to eat. Or post on Internet forums.


    (Getting out of bed and putting on your clothes surely doesn't count as part of shopping.)



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