Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Beauty of English - Using word "ONLY"

Posted by Sharath Chandra

"Professor Ernest Brennecke of Columbia" wrote a sentence that can be made to have eight different meanings by changing ONE WORD in all possible positions in the sentence:


The Sentence is -  "I hit him in the eye yesterday."

That word is  "ONLY" and the sentences are as follow.

The Message:
1. ONLY I hit him in the eye yesterday. (No one else did)
2. I ONLY hit him in the eye yesterday. (Did not slap him)
3. I hit ONLY him in the eye yesterday. (I did not hit others)
4. I hit him ONLY in the eye yesterday. (I did not hit outside the eye)
5. I hit him in ONLY the eye yesterday. (Not other organs)
6. I hit him in the ONLY eye yesterday. (He doesn't have another eye)
7. I hit him in the eye ONLY yesterday. (Not today)
8. I hit him in the eye yesterday ONLY. (Did not wait for today)


Wow............. This is the wonderful greatness and beauty and of course complexity of the ENGLISH!!



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