Once a language geek, always a language geek….

Word order matters:

“She told him that she loved him.” + “only” =

“Only she told him that she loved him.”
(No one but her ever declared love to him.)

“She only told him that she loved him.”
(She told him that she loved him, but didn’t do anything else about it.)

“She told only him that she loved him.”
(She told him that she loved him, but kept it a secret from everyone else.)

“She told him only that she loved him.”
(She told him that she loved him, but didn’t tell him anything else.)

“She told him that only she loved him.”
(She told him that no one in the world but her loved him.)

“She told him that she only loved him.”
(She told him that she loved him, but she didn’t feel anything else for him.)

“She told him that she loved only him.”
(She told him that she loved him and no one else.)

“She told him that she loved him only.”
(She told him that she loved him and no one else. She was probably a poet or a songwriter.)

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