Where to Put the Word “Only”?

The wordΒ only is very often misplaced in a sentence. Always put it just before the word that it refers to/modifies. …I only have a dollar. πŸ™ …I have only a dollar. πŸ™‚ …She only listened to her brother. πŸ™ …She listened to only her brother. πŸ™‚ …He only knows where it is. πŸ™ …Only he knows where it is. πŸ™‚ …

“The reason is…” Yikes!

Okay. So my cute little happy and unhappy facces came through only as question marks. Sorry about that. Here it is again. Once you say “the reason,” all other words implying the reason are unnecessary. These are always wrong. …The reason why is that she was ill. …The reason is because she is ill. Β [This one leads the list!] …The …

“The reason is…”

So many people make this mistake. My very favorite Dodgers announcer, Vin Scully, whose English was really excellent, made this error. And he is not alone. I heard it three times yesterday and had the news on for only an hour. Once you say “the reason,” all other words implying the reason are unnecessary. …The reason why is that she …

That Confusing “S”

The last post on the “s” engendered more than a few questions. Here are a couple of answers. In the construction, “…one of the girl’s/girls’ phones…” or “…one of the voter’s/voters’ choices…,” the form should be plural possessive. …We were talking with one of the girls’ friends at the time. …It has to deal with one of his friends’ mothers. …