Archive for September 20, 2015

Only in English

Posted in Uncategorized on September 20, 2015 by telescoper

Taking a break from work this weekend today I’ve been reading the latest edition of The Oldie magazine, and doing the crossword therein.

I noticed a reader’s letter about the importance of correct positioning of the word “only” in an English sentence, illustrated with the following example:

“The bishop gave the bun to the baboon”.

The point is that you can put the word “only” anywhere in this sentence (at the beginning, at the end, or between any two consecutive words) and the result each time is grammatically correct, but each choice yields a different meaning..

It’s a funny language, English!