Where to Put the Word “Only”?

Margie Wakeman Wells Good Grammar, Uncategorized Leave a Comment

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™‚

…He only got one hit in the game. πŸ™
…He got only one hit in the game. πŸ™‚

And the list goes on and on.

Happy punctuating!

Margie

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