Wednesday, April 3, 2013
This is one of my pet peeves. Don’t write “I only have eyes for you,” when you mean “I have eyes only for you.” There is a difference. Consider how the following sentences differ in meaning:
- Only John hit Peter in the nose.
- John hit only Peter in the nose.
- John hit Peter only in the nose.
- John only hit Peter in the nose.
“Only” is an adverb. Place it as close as you can to what that it modifies. Here’s a longer explanation from Grammar Girl.(ljs)