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There is an interesting English sentence which is making rounds in the social media nowadays. It goes like this:
For the following sentence, add the word "only" anywhere in this sentence, and each time you get a different meaning out of the new sentence.
"I hit him in the eye yesterday"
So, if we try doing the above, we get following eight variations.
- ONLY I hit him in the eye yesterday. (No one else did.)
- I ONLY hit him in the eye yesterday. (Did not slap him.)
- I hit ONLY him in the eye yesterday. (I did not hit others.)
- I hit him ONLY in the eye yesterday. (I did not hit outside the eye.)
- I hit him in ONLY the eye yesterday. (Not other organs.)
- I hit him in the ONLY eye yesterday. (He doesn't have another eye..)
- I hit him in the eye ONLY yesterday. (Not today.)
- I hit him in the eye yesterday ONLY. (Did not wait for today.)
The sentence No. 5 and 6 do not look grammatically very correct. What do you guys think? Are all of these grammatically correct or is there a problem with any/some of these?