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    shades of meaning

    Dear teachers,

    Would you please tell me what is the difference in meaning between the following sentences?

    1) He has ONLY been here for a week.
    2) He has been here ONLY for a week.
    3) He has been here for ONLY a week.
    4) He has been here for a week ONLY.

    Many thanks,

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    Re: shades of meaning

    1- "only" modifies "has been". It emphasizes more on the status of the action.
    2- "only" modifies "for a week" where the duration is stressed.
    3- "only" modifies "a week". It tells us the exact days he has been there.
    4- "only" modifies "a week" or "for a week". Time advervial receives more emphasis.

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