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    Only too/ all too

    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.
    OR
    Beggars are becoming an all too familiar sight in our cities.( Longman says only too=all too)

    Thanks.

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    Re: Only too/ all too

    ***Not A Teacher**

    Quote Originally Posted by Freeguy View Post
    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.
    OR
    Beggars are becoming an all too familiar sight in our cities.( Longman says only too=all too)

    Thanks.
    Please don't write Michael swan. It's Swan with a capital 'S'.

    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 23:12.

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