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Writers often inadvertently create confusion by placing “only” incorrectly in a sentence. It should go immediately before the word or phrase it modifies. “I lost my only shirt” means that I had but one to begin with. “I lost only my shirt” means I didn’t lose anything else. “Only I lost my shirt” means that I was the only person in my group to lose a shirt. Strictly speaking, “I only lost my shirt” should mean I didn’t destroy it or have it stolen—I just lost it; but in common speech this is usually understood as being identical with “I lost only my shirt.” Scrutinize your uses of “only” to make sure you are not creating unwanted ambiguities.

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  • s  being the only one; single and isolated from others
    an only child
  • s  exclusive of anyone or anything else
    I'll have this car and this car only
  • r  and nothing more
    he was only a child
  • r  without any others being included or involved
    a privilege granted only to him
  • r  with nevertheless the final result
    He arrived only to find his wife dead
    We won only to lose again in the next round
  • r  in the final outcome
    These news will only make you more upset
  • r  except that; only this time she came out better"
  • r  never except when
    call me only if your cold gets worse
  • r  as recently as
    I spoke to him only an hour ago
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