Student or Learner
Michael swan says the meaning of "only too" would be "very" or "extremely". But I can't find/touch this meaning in this sentence came from Longman:
I regret to say that these rumours are only too true.
Beggars are becoming an all too familiar sight in our cities.( Longman says only too=all too)
***Not A Teacher**
1. Your first sentence means- The rumors are in fact totally true, and the speaker regrets to inform the listener(s), that it is so.
2. Your second sentence means- It means beggars are becoming an extremely common sight in those cities
Last edited by beesting; 06-Dec-2013 at 22:12.