Only Connects

Too often we overlook how important word placement is in the simplest of sentences. There are words that imply the same thing, but are differently nuanced. I am in a hurry, is slightly less frenetic than I am in a rush. Writers will agonise over word placement. Graham Greene wrote only 500 words a day in order ensure every word was perfect.

Sometimes students will ask why it matters so much? This exercise from the Grammarly website is a good way of answering the question. The word only can be inserted at the beginning, end, and between each word in the sentence below, and it changes the meaning each time. Try it for yourself!

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