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“You are seeing me only because …” or … “You are only seeing me because…” [closed]

What is the proper way to use the word Only in this sentence? "You are seeing me only because ..." or "You are only seeing me because..." Thanks
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“Only” in the sense of “not until”

I'm referring to: https://www.lexico.com/definition/only Do I understand it correctly that the meaning of "only" for "not until" is only valid for past actions in relation to dates: I can say (as ...
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Using “not only” without clarifying what else was done

Consider the sentence: I did not only go to the store. It has the same meaning as Going to the store was not the only thing I did. Is the first sentence grammatically correct, or do I need to ...
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How to emphasize that a problem is represented even in smaller group?

I am trying to emphasize the significance and prevalence of some problem by showing that even in a small group of people this problem is represented very well. Just for example, let's say that we ...
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Are Only + Number Adjectives?

In the sentence "Only eight apples grew on the tree." Are both "only" and "eight" adjectives?
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Does “default” imply “only”?

Speaking of options and settings, does the word "default" imply the only value of an option, or can there be more than one default values of a single option (setting)? EDIT: Let's say the question is ...
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Meaning behind “Only” position? how to use “only” properly? [duplicate]

only I eat an apple I only eat an apple I eat only an apple I eat an apple only 3 and 4 sentence are more confusing.., both are same?? please help me guys
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Implication of phrase “the only jokes” [closed]

I don't know what the following sentence means for sure: "The only jokes I tell are the ones that I hear from you." Does it mean that "I don't tell so much jokes and the very jokes I tell, which is ...
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Use of 'If only…'

I've looked through conditional clauses and I'm wondering if 'If only he/she'd ......' one of the forms of conditional sentences? Seemed like it didn't match any criteria. Thanks in advance.
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Can you say “the sole one” instead of “the only one”? [closed]

And why/why not? The complete sentence is "You are my sole one in the world", it feels absurd and wrong but I can't really tell. Thanks in advance! Off-topic, huh. Well, let's go over it: The ...
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Placement of the word “only” [duplicate]

Is the placement of the word "only" correct in the sentence below? If not, where should it be? Berlin is such a big city that we saw only a fraction of it.
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'Only few' or 'only a few' [closed]

Which one of the following sentences would be correct (or both): Only a few friends came to his party yesterday. Only few friends came to his party yesterday. Why I am asking this is because we had ...
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“prefer” vs “only want” - what does prefer really mean? [closed]

Whenever someone tells me that he or she prefers something, I take it as though the person is likely to choose that thing, but if it is not available, then the person is open to choosing something ...
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The correct placement of “only” [duplicate]

As an English learner, I have been confused about the position of the adverb from the beginning. Here is a question which puzzles me: A) It only took him ten minutes to do the test. B) It took him ...
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Meaning and Emphasis Depending on the Placement of “Only” [duplicate]

My dog only likes people food. My dog likes only people food. My dog likes people food only. In each of these sentences, how does "only" affect it (i.e. emphasis and meaning)? Are any of ...
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Is “Are you there only ?” grammatically correct? [closed]

My friend sent me this. I'm wondering if it is correct. What is the use of "only" here ?
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What is the meaning of “ I was only to do that”? [closed]

I am a non-native English learner. Does the sentense "I was only to do that" mean "There was nothing I could do"? Gramatically what is "only" here? Is it an adjective or an adverb to modify " be to"?...
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Where do I place 'only' [duplicate]

Which of the following is/are correct? A. I only answered two questions. B. I answered only two questions. C. I answered two questions only.
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On a certain usage of the word “only”

Some documents such as medical prescriptions and cheques employ the word "only" in an interesting manner: (Dpbsmith via Wikipedia) On cheques the usage is something like "Three hundred dollars only"....
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Only…did I… / Only…I [duplicate]

Only after reading it carefully several times did I begin to make sense of the poem. Only after reading it carefully several times I began making sense of the poem. I know that the first one is ...
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just/only usage [duplicate]

Isn't there a difference (or aren't there differences) with the following? I only drive to work on Fridays I drive only to work on Fridays I drive to work only on Fridays I drive to work on Fridays ...
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Only requires or requires only [duplicate]

I am always unsure about the position of "only" in the sentence. For example: This ticket only costs 5 dollars. This ticket costs only 5 dollars. Are there any difference? Which one is better?
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Using “only” to describe amounts? Is it used correctly here?

Say someone notices there's frost and ice on the road. "Wow, there's ice on the road..." they exclaim. They then look at the temperature reading and see 9 degrees celsius, "...but it's only 9 degrees ...
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Only a something away from completing something

Is this statement grammatically correct: Only an Xbox One away from completing my Microsoft family. I have a Microsoft Phone (Lumia 920), PC (Dell) and tablet (Surface Pro) and I just need a ...
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using only in plural

This is the question: A: Does she have many books? B: ................. She only has two books. a. Yes, she does. b. No, she does not. My answer is B, am I wrong? My friend absolutely ...
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Meaning of “misuse of the word 'only'” in context

I am reading the book Learning Python by Mark Lutz, in which there's a passage I don't understand: I also want to thank my original editor at O’Reilly, the late Frank Willison. This book was ...
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position of “only”

Which sentence is correct? (A) Mosquito larvae can only be seen through a microscope. (B) Mosquito larvae can be only seen through a microscope. (C) Mosquito larvae can be seen only through ...
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“If only I” or “If I only” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Correct position of “only” Should I use only before or after the pronoun? If only I had a chance If I only had a chance Both sentences bring a lot of ...
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Where do you place the word 'only' [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Correct position of “only” Use of “only” and word-order Should one say The bidders shall not be permitted to bid for one or two tenders only. or ...
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Use of “only” and word-order

I'm writing an automobile website and some of my paragraphs contain the word "only". I understand the following. As far as I'm aware, this is right: Only the Volkswagen Polo, Golf, Passat, Passat ...
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Correct position of “only”

Which is grammatically correct? I can only do so much in this time. or I can do only so much in this time.