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Basic glossary usage of "only"


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The placement of only as a modifier is more a matter of style and clarity than of grammatical rule. In strict, formal usage, only should be placed as close as possible before the word it modifies. In the following sentence, for example, the placement of the word only suggests that no one but the children was examined:

The doctor examined only the children.

In the next sentence, the placement of only says that no one but the doctor did the examining:

Only the doctor examined the children.

Nonetheless, in all types of speech and writing, people often place only before the verb regardless of what it modifies. In spoken discourse, speakers may convey their intended meaning by stressing the word or construction to which only applies.


Sample Usage

1) The boss said he will excuse her only this time.

2) Only the intelligent people survive in this institution.

3) She shouted at him only once.

4) Only the persons having the invitation are allowed inside.

5) This is only his last chance after all.

6) He is an only child of the Cullens.

7) I only just saw him coming.

8) She called me only last month.

9) She didn't want to come,they only forced her to.

10) Don't go to their home, it will only make things worse.


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