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Place “Only” Anywhere In This Sentence

English is a wacky language.

Just ask my 4 year old, who recently corrected me for saying that he “bought lunch.” He said, “No Daddy, I buyeded lunch.” You’re right son, you buyeded that pizza.

Anyway, English has a lot of strange quirks. Here’s one.  

Place an emphasis on the only, and share this magic trick with your friends.

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19 Comments Post a comment
  1. uju #

    How exciting 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

    September 17, 2014
  2. Only she only told him that she only loved him …

    Liked by 2 people

    September 17, 2014
  3. Sam #

    Neat trick! You can give this sentence 7 different meanings depending on which word you put emphasis on:
    I didn’t say I stole your money.

    Liked by 2 people

    September 17, 2014
  4. only money … .

    Liked by 2 people

    September 17, 2014
  5. She told only him that she loved him.

    Liked by 3 people

    September 17, 2014
  6. I love these 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    September 17, 2014
  7. P.S. Is this unique to English do you think? I am trying to play with it in Spanish in my head and it works as well. So maybe it’s more a trick of language in general. I only know those two so I can’t test it on more than that 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

    September 17, 2014
    • I would say it probably isn’t, but I only speak one language. So I’m probably the wrong person to answer that question.

      Liked by 1 person

      September 18, 2014
  8. Well when you put it that way. This is crazy.

    Liked by 1 person

    September 17, 2014
  9. Fun. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    September 17, 2014
  10. Oh, you think that’s strange. I never have figured these out. If a female actor is an actress, a female ambassador is an ambassadress, a female benefactor is a benefactress, a female emperor is an empress, how come a female adult isn’t an adultress? If more than one child is children and more than one brother is brethren, how come more than one sister isn’t sistren. Inquiring minds want to know. At least, this inquiring mind.

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    September 17, 2014
  11. May I share this one with students? thanks in advance 🙂

    Liked by 3 people

    September 17, 2014
  12. I saw this exercise on FB the other day and immediately thought of David Foster Wallace. He was big on the correct placement of “only.”

    Liked by 2 people

    September 18, 2014
  13. stonthat #

    Following your blog based solely on this post 🙂

    Like

    September 23, 2014
  14. Reblogged this on Doyds.

    Like

    September 28, 2014

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