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Only 放在不同位置是否表達不同語意: He only came on Saturday 和 Only he came on Saturday 有何不同?

asked Apr 3, 2018 in Questions about English Grammar by admin (23,690 points)
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"Only" 這個副詞可以放在句子中不同的位置,表達不同的語意。

"Only John came to the Saturday class." 一句中,only 放在句首,其語意範圍僅限於主詞 John,故這句話的意思為「只有 John 一個人來上周六的課」。

John only came to the Saturday class." 一句中,only 放在動詞前,用來修飾動詞片語,故這句話的意思為「John 除了來上周六的課以外,沒有做別的事情」。

"John came to the Saturday class only."一句中,only 放在句末,用來修飾前面的名詞片語,故這句話的意思為「John 只來上周六的課,沒有上其他的課」。

answered Apr 3, 2018 by admin (23,690 points)
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