I am confused about using the word only. I often hear it being used in many contexts that sound wrong to me - but I'm not sure if it's me or them.
Let me give some examples:
A: Where were you yesterday evening?
B: I was at the coffee house.
A: Hey, I was there only; how come we didn't meet?
I guess the correct usage here would be
I was also there or
I was there too, right?
How about this:
A: Did you complete that task?
B: No, but I am doing that only
The word only is used here to stress on the fact that he is doing that (and not something else). I guess this usage stems from an equivalent usage in Hindi and other Indian languages. What's the correct way to express this? I feel I am still working on that is not the same - it sounds more like I haven't figured out how to do it, as opposed to this is a difficult task, it'll take some time
A: How many questions have you asked in this forum?
B: I have asked only one question.
C: I have asked one question only.
Who is correct - B or C?
I'm with B on this one, but I don't know if C is correct too.
PS: In case you haven't guessed it already, I'm not a native English speaker :)