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    Could 'Only Peter did not do so' mean 'Not only Peter did so'?

    According to this post, 'All (verb) not' could mean 'Not all (verb)'.
    Then, could 'Only (verb) not' mean 'Not only (verb)'?
    For example, could 'Only Peter did not do so' mean 'Not only Peter did so'?
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    Re: Could 'Only Peter did not do so' mean 'Not only Peter did so'?

    When it appears at the beginning of a clause, only usually means "but".
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    Re: Could 'Only Peter did not do so' mean 'Not only Peter did so'?

    Do you mean 'Only Peter did not do so' means 'But Peter did not do so'?
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    Re: Could 'Only Peter did not do so' mean 'Not only Peter did so'?

    GS said "usually", but I'm not even sure I'd agree with that.
    "Almost all of us went swimming. Only Peter didn't." You could read this either way, and it still means the same.
    Last edited by Raymott; 12-Nov-2016 at 16:33. Reason: typo

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    Re: Could 'Only Peter did not do so' mean 'Not only Peter did so'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    Do you mean 'Only Peter did not do so' means 'But Peter did not do so'?
    Lacking previous context, that's my first guess.
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    Re: Could 'Only Peter did not do so' mean 'Not only Peter did so'?

    How about this context 'There are forty students in the class. Only Peter did not fail the test'?
    Could it mean 'Not only Peter failed the test'?
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    Re: Could 'Only Peter did not do so' mean 'Not only Peter did so'?

    Not to me.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 13-Nov-2016 at 13:19.

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