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    Which are correct if the meaning is that he failed everything except the biology test:

    1-Only his biology test did he not fail.
    2-Only his biology test he did not fail.

    3-Only in his biology test did he not fail.
    4-Only in his biology test he did not fail.

    5-He only didn't fail his biology test.

    Are 1 and 2 archaic?
    Last edited by navi tasan; 20-Aug-2008 at 22:29.

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    Re: only

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Which are correct if the meaning is that he failed everything except the biology test:

    1-Only his biology test did he not fail.
    2-Only his biology test he did not fail.

    3-Only in his biology test did he not fail.
    4-Only in his biology test he did not fail.

    5-He only didn't fail his biology test.

    Are 1 and 2 archaic?
    1 and 2 are not really archaic but formal. You will see these structures more in writing. They're quite literary although there are some who use inversion in spoken English. However, 1 seems better than 2.

    3 and 4 seem to have no difference from 1 and 2.
    I don't know why you highlighted the word 'TEST' in 3 and 4.

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    Thanks Paochai,

    Highlighting 'test' was a mistake, but 3 and 4 do have 'in' in them and 1 and 2 don't.
    Are they correct and is 5 correct?

    PS. I'll highlight the word 'in' in the sentences 3 and 4 in my original post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Thanks Paochai,

    Highlighting 'test' was a mistake, but 3 and 4 do have 'in' in them and 1 and 2 don't.
    Are they correct and is 5 correct?

    PS. I'll highlight the word 'in' in the sentences 3 and 4 in my original post.
    Sorry, I overlooked the preposition. hehehe
    Just remove IN.
    S-TV-DO (Subject-Transitive Verb-Direct Object) pattern will do.

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    Thanks again.

    Is this sentence correct:

    5-He only didn't fail his biology test.
    (He failed all the other ones.)


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    #6

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    Yes, but it seems awkward. I would expect "He only passed the biology test".

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    Re: only

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Which are correct if the meaning is that he failed everything except the biology test:

    1-Only his biology test did he not fail.
    2-Only his biology test he did not fail.

    3-Only in his biology test did he not fail.
    4-Only in his biology test he did not fail.

    5-He only didn't fail his biology test.

    Are 1 and 2 archaic?
    1 and 3 are correct. I prefer 3.

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