Word Usage

Placing “Only” Correctly

Only is often misplaced in a sentence. We must be careful about its usage to avoid confusing our readers. Learning correct usage of grammatical modifiers is a hard work and it is worth all the effort.

Only should go right before the word or phrase it modifies.

“Only I said I cannot attend the party” means that I was the only one to decline the invitation.

“I only said I cannot attend the party” means that I said nothing but I could not attend the party.

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