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    #1

    with only or only with

    play holy festival of colours with only organic and nature colours.

    I often get confused with this...is there any tips or trick?

    Thanks

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    #2
    What's the context?

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    #3
    It's a greeting for the festive day:-

    colours are the soul of happiness.
    make life more bright and beautiful.
    play holy festival of colours with
    only organic and nature colours.
    HAPPY SAFE HOLI

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    #4
    What festive day and where?

    Start your sentences with capital letters.

    I don't understand your context so here's one of my own:

    'Paint the ceiling only with the best quality paint'.

    'Paint the ceiling with only the best quality paint.'

    They are both correct. I prefer the second.

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    #5
    Holi is a Hindu spring festival. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holi
    My wife, daughter and I have enjoyed it many times with our friends in Udaipur.

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    #6
    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post

    'Paint the ceiling only with the best quality paint'.

    'Paint the ceiling with only the best quality paint.'

    They are both correct. I prefer the second.
    The first thing most people will assume in the first sentence is the meaning that is clear in the second.
    However, you COULD read the first one to mean "paint only the ceiling [using] the best quality paint." -- whether you paint the rest of the room with average quality paint or you paint only the ceiling and nothing else is also not clear.

    So I too prefer the second.

    In general, put "only" as close to the thing it modifies as possible.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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