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'Only recently were they' and 'Only recently they were' [duplicate]

Only recently (in February 1998) women’s ice hockey was incorporated into the Olympic Winter Games, while men’s ice hockey has been a fixed event ever since the first Winter Games started in 1924. ...
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What grammar is this: Only once you ... are you interested in [duplicate]

I came through a comment here ... Only once you know this are you interested in considering workarounds I believe I can rephrase it to "Once you know this, you are interested in considering ...
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Are "contains only Xs and Ys" / "only Xs or Ys" ambiguous?

I want to talk about collections where each element may be one of a couple types, either X or Y (independently of others). If English had parentheses, I could say "contains only (X or Y)s". ...
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Location of "Only" in a Sentence [duplicate]

If one were to say that the day of the week on which it rained was Tuesday and no other day, one would say "It rained only on Tuesday". One could argue that "It only rained on Tuesday&...
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Is the construction "[only/merely/just + infinitive]" grammatical?

Consider this sentence: I am not going to the dinner, merely to the cocktail hour. Is this grammatical? Why? It's a little like a coordinating conjunction, except that the elements aren't parallel --...
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Is only vs only is [duplicate]

Which one is correct usage of "only" and difference between the following sentences what is point of living if it is only a stuggle. what is point of living if it only is a struggle.
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“Has only been living” vs “Has been only living” [duplicate]

I encountered this question in a test today, I'm not sure about the differences between the two cases and how the native speakers will use it. Please help me. A: Have you heard the gossip? Atarah is ...
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Is "only" a negative adverb?

The site 'thefreedictionary.com' includes the word 'only' in the group of negative adverbs with hardly, scarcely, barely, seldom, etc. and specially categorizes it as an adverb creating 'conditional ...
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What is 'only' when used with a linking verb? [closed]

What about "you are only a boy"? Some claim only modifies are, is this an "exception" to the copula taking adjectives rather than adverbs? (I can appreciate the objection to the ...
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Is the usage of 'only' correct [duplicate]

A: Why are you doing this? B: You only asked for this, didn't you? Is the usage of only here correct so as to mean you were the one who?
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placement of "only"

Example: I will buy fish only if I shop at the pier Does the placement of the "only" make the sentence ambiguous so that multiple readings of this sentence is possible? Which word is "...
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What does 'only' represent in following sentences?

What does the word 'only' represent in the following sentences? I can only dream of becoming someone like Dr. Stone. I can only do this for so long. Is it possible that 'only' here is negating the ...
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The difference between "only one" and "one and only one"

A teacher announces, "There is only one student who failed the course." Does the teacher’s statement mean anything different from the following version? "There is one and only one student who ...
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correct use of "only"

I think one of the most incorrectly used words in the English language is "only." Case in point: most writers, even very good ones, will use the word like so: I only go to the grocery store on ...
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Can I make an inverted sentence from the following original one?

Here is the original sentence: So, I decided to walk only at night until I was far from the town. A teacher said this sentence can be changed into the following one : Only at night, did I dicide to ...
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When should "only" come before a verb phrase? [duplicate]

I’m really struggling to understand when and how to use “only” as an adverb — and how its use is impacted by verb phrases. The following post on English StackExchange doesn’t really clarify it for me: ...
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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.
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