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    #1

    but only,

    Solving a deadly puzzle
    What's more, fatalities had now been reported several miles away, in the rural villages of Hampstead and Islington.
    The death toll reached 127. New cases leveled off, but only, officials realized, because the area was by now nearly deserted - except for victims and their families..
    Snow redoubled his efforts, going from building to building...

    Does this "but only" describe "officials"? If so, why is there a comma in-between?

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    #2

    Re: but only,

    The commas are about "officials realized". The commas set off that phrase from the rest of the sentence.

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    #3

    Re: but only,

    I don't get it, does it mean like this?

    but only officials realized that New cases leveled off, because the area was by now nearly deserted - except for victims and their families..

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    #4

    Re: but only,

    but only (officials realized) that New cases leveled off, because the area was by now nearly deserted - except for victims and their families..

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    #5

    Re: but only,

    I am sorry I don’t get it

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    #6

    Re: but only,

    I take post#4 to mean 'but only that new cases leveled off, and officials realized that.'
    I am not a teacher.

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    #7

    Re: but only,

    Think of it like this:

    'Officials realised that new cases had leveled off, but only because the area was by now nearly deserted - except for victims and their families.

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    #8

    Re: but only,

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    The death toll reached 127. New cases leveled off, but only, officials realized, because the area was by now nearly deserted - except for victims and their families..
    New cases leveled off but only because the area was by now nearly deserted. Officials realised that was the case.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #9

    Re: but only,

    I am not a teacher.

    It means that the only reason cases had leveled off was 'because the area was by now nearly deserted…'.
    Last edited by Roman55; 30-Jul-2015 at 08:01. Reason: cross-posted with emsr2d2

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    #10

    Re: but only,

    I understand it as "The number of deaths ceased to increase only due to the area becoming nearly deserted (not for other reasons); and the officials realized that".

    Not a teacher.

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