The only challenge

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The only challenge

Post by Erik_Kowal » Fri May 08, 2015 5:18 am

Find the best place to insert the word 'only' in the following sentence:

She told him that she loved him.
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Re: The only challenge

Post by Wizard of Oz » Fri May 08, 2015 7:47 am

.. very clever Erik .. a true conundrum ..

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Re: The only challenge

Post by Shelley » Fri Mar 18, 2016 9:38 pm

Only, is there only one answer to only this challenge only?
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Re: The only challenge

Post by prevaildeep » Tue Oct 17, 2017 3:56 am

It is amazing!
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Re: The only challenge

Post by BonnieL » Tue Oct 17, 2017 4:09 pm

Similar to William Safire's comments on "I Only Have Eyes For You." So much depends on what you really want to say!
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Re: The only challenge

Post by tony h » Wed Oct 18, 2017 12:12 am

I won't sign off any report that has "only" in it as it is almost impossible for it not to be ambiguous. Unless, of course, the intent is to be ambiguous.


As a matter of interest, how many "onlys" can you get in that sentence and still make it make sense? Any advance on three?
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Re: The only challenge

Post by Wizard of Oz » Wed Oct 18, 2017 1:45 am

For me only can be inserted after every word, one at a time, and it still makes sense to create 8 new sentences. You mean how many can be inserted in just the one sentence?

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Re: The only challenge

Post by trolley » Wed Oct 18, 2017 1:46 am

She told him that she loved him.

1) Only she told him that she loved him…she was the only person to tell him

2) She only told him that she loved him… she didn’t tell him anything else

3) She told only him that she loved him…she didn’t tell anyone else

4) She told him only that she loved him...same meaning as #2

5) She told him that only she loved him… she told him that she was the only one who loved him

6) She told him that she only loved him… she had no other feelings for him but love

7) She told him that she loved only him… she didn’t love anyone else

8) She told him that she loved him, only…same as #7
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Re: The only challenge

Post by Wizard of Oz » Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:28 am

Yes they are the 8 that I mentioned in my post.
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Re: The only challenge

Post by tony h » Wed Oct 18, 2017 4:33 pm

Wizard of Oz wrote:
Wed Oct 18, 2017 1:45 am
For me only can be inserted after every word, one at a time, and it still makes sense to create 8 new sentences. You mean how many can be inserted in just the one sentence?

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Yes!
Only she told him that only she only loved him.

Any more?
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Re: The only challenge

Post by trolley » Wed Oct 18, 2017 5:54 pm

Only she told only him that only she loved only him.
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