The English Language On Word Order Depends

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          The English language on word order depends.

If that sentence doesn’t convince you, try this:

Take the adverb “only” and place it in different positions in the following sentence.

He said, “I love you.” (Nice thought.)

Only he said, “I love you.” (No one else said it.)

He only said, “I love you.” (He said nothing else.)

He said, “Only I love you.” (No one else does.)

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I’d add that half of the skill of writing poetry (or poetic prose) is knowing what you’re doing when you play around with modifiers.

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