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    lives only in

    1-He lives only in Abcsville.

    Can't this sentence have three different meanings, ie,:

    a-He lives nowhere else.
    b-He lives as close as Abcville.
    c-He lives in as modest a place as Abcville.

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    Re: lives only in

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    Not to my ear. Try as I might, I can read no other meaning past a.

    I guess I could hear
    d- He only lives life fully when in Abcsville.

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    Re: lives only in

    The first meaning is fine, especially if someone has previously asked some question such as, "How many places does he live in?" This is not a common question, as most people consider that they 'live' in ony one place, but it's possible.

    The second and third are possible in informal conversation. Many people would place only before lives, even if that position is not 'correct'.

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    Re: lives only in

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Many people would place only before lives, even if that position is not 'correct'.
    Now I can hear the second one:

    1. How far is it to Dave's house, do we have far to go?
    2. He only lives in Abcsville.

    But to me, this still doesn't mean "as close as Abcsville", it means actually in Abcsville.

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