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Focusing adverbs point to a particular part of a clause.
Most common examples are: also, just, even, only, mainly, mostly, either, neither etc.
As focusing adverbs point to a particular part of a sentence, the meaning conveyed often depends upon their position. It is best to place them in front of and next to the word or words modified by them.
- Only John helped me to buy the house. (= Only John and no
one else helped me.)
- John only helped me to buy the house. (= John helped me to
buy the house, but didn't actually buy it for me.)
Too and as well are exceptions to this rule. They normally go in end position.
- She not only speaks English; she speaks French as well.
- He not only sings; he plays the piano too.
Sections in this article
Introduction To Adverbs
Formation of Adverbs
Adjectives or Adverbs - Confusing Cases
Adverbs of Certainty
Adverbs of Degree
Adverbs of Indefinite Frequency
Adverbs of Manner
Adverbs of Place
Adverbs of Time and Definite Frequency