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    It passes believe but only is the most indiscriminately used word in English langua

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to explain to me the whimsical metamorphose into following three sentences?

    1. I only struck him that time.

    2. I struch him only that time.

    3. I struck only him that time.

    Thank you for your efforts.

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    V.


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    Re: It passes believe but only is the most indiscriminately used word in English la

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to explain to me the whimsical metamorphose into following three sentences?

    1. I only struck him that time.

    It was only one strike and nothing more.

    2. I struch him only that time.

    It was on that occasion (and no other) that I struck him.

    3. I struck only him that time.

    He is the only person that I struck.

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards

    V.
    I think these are open to interpretation. The explanations to 1 & 2 are interchangable.

    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: It passes believe but only is the most indiscriminately used word in English la

    1 To me, it means that I struck him, but didn't kick him or anything else.

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