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#### mengta

##### Member
you have to pay only 10 dollars.
you only have to pay 10 dollars.
you have to only pay 10 dollars.

which one of the above is correct?

#### Tdol

##### Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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you have to pay only 10 dollars. OK
you only have to pay 10 dollars. OK
you have to only pay 10 dollars. I don't like this.
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#### mengta

##### Member
so what's the difference between the first two?or they are exactly the same?
thanks
tdol said:
you have to pay only 10 dollars. OK
you only have to pay 10 dollars. OK
you have to only pay 10 dollars. I don't like this.
;-0

#### twostep

##### Senior Member
mengta said:
so what's the difference between the first two?or they are exactly the same?
thanks
tdol said:
you have to pay only 10 dollars. OK Refers to the \$amount?
you only have to pay 10 dollars. OK Refers to the person?
you have to only pay 10 dollars. I don't like this.
;-0

#### MikeNewYork

##### VIP Member
mengta said:
so what's the difference between the first two?or they are exactly the same?
thanks
tdol said:
you have to pay only 10 dollars. OK
you only have to pay 10 dollars. OK
you have to only pay 10 dollars. I don't like this.
;-0

The first two have the same meaning. :wink:

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#### Susie Smith

##### Guest
MikeNewYork said:
mengta said:
so what's the difference between the first two?or they are exactly the same?
thanks
tdol said:
you have to pay only 10 dollars. OK
you only have to pay 10 dollars. OK
you have to only pay 10 dollars. I don't like this.
;-0

The first two have the same meaning. :wink:

Sometimes the position of a modifier can change the meaning.

The first one implies that 10 dollars is a small sum to pay. (It's cheap.)
The second says that the only thing you have to do is pay 10 dollars. (You don't have to do anything else.)

See more examples:

Mother only made the dress. (She did not pick out the style.)
Only Mother made the dress. (Nobody helped her.)

He only seems interested in reading. (He is really not interested.)
He seems interested only in reading. (Reading is apparently his sole interest.)

#### MikeNewYork

##### VIP Member
Susie Smith said:
MikeNewYork said:
mengta said:
so what's the difference between the first two?or they are exactly the same?
thanks
tdol said:
you have to pay only 10 dollars. OK
you only have to pay 10 dollars. OK
you have to only pay 10 dollars. I don't like this.
;-0

The first two have the same meaning. :wink:

Sometimes the position of a modifier can change the meaning.

The first one implies that 10 dollars is a small sum to pay. (It's cheap.)
The second says that the only thing you have to do is pay 10 dollars. (You don't have to do anything else.)

See more examples:

Mother only made the dress. (She did not pick out the style.)
Only Mother made the dress. (Nobody helped her.)