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    only not

    Hi teachers
    An English book says that "The monk is only not a dead man" implies " The monk looks like a dead man." But My dictionary doesn't provide an entry about "only not". is that true? Thanks


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    Re: only not

    It looks like an incomplete sentence to me.

    What is means is that the monk is alive but alive because of some reason that he is not dead.

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    Re: only not

    Quote Originally Posted by redgiant View Post
    Hi teachers
    An English book says that "The monk is only not a dead man" implies " The monk looks like a dead man." But My dictionary doesn't provide an entry about "only not". is that true? Thanks
    I've never heard of "is only not a ...". I would advise not using it.

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    Re: only not

    ...or it could be talking about sex (as if it were essential to life). But it would still be an unusual juxtaposition of "only" and "not".

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