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    #1

    only / also / even before a noun

    Hi,

    *self-made*

    1- I can read only biograpies.
    2- I can speak some languages like English and Spanish. I can speak even Bulgarian!
    3- I studied French but I want to study also English.

    I would like to ask if we can use 'only', 'even' and 'also' before a noun. Are the positions of the adverbs OK?

    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: only / also / even before a noun

    1- I can read only biographies. OK but more natural with "only" after "can".
    2- I can speak some languages like English and Spanish. I can speak even Bulgarian! No. Move "even" to between "can" and "speak".
    3- I studied French but I want to study also English. No. Move "also" to between "I" and "want".

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    #3

    Re: only / also / even before a noun

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Hello, Ademoglu:

    Books constantly teach us to put "only" in front of the word that we wish to emphasize.

    But as the teacher reminded us, most native speakers prefer the sound of the word being put near the verb.

    When I write, I always try to follow the rule.

    When I speak, however, I have no doubt that I almost always break the rule.

    For example, I would definitely write: "I have only five dollars on me."

    But when I speak (when I don't have time to think about rules), I would probably say," I only have five dollars on me." It seems that native speakers prefer the rhythm of that placement.

    Nevertheless, I respectfully suggest that you follow the rule in writing, especially in formal communications.
    Last edited by TheParser; 11-Aug-2015 at 10:17.

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    #4

    Re: only / also / even before a noun

    I would say "I can only read biographies."

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    #5

    Re: only / also / even before a noun

    I don't care much for #2. What languages are like English and Spanish? I think it would be better as "I speak English and Spanish. I can even speak Bulgarian.

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