He bought a gift for even me.


He bought a gift even for me. VS. He bought a gift for even me.


I did it only for you. VS. I did it for only you. VS. I did it for you only.


Do you sense any difference when even and only modify prepositional phrases or pronouns respectively? Thank you so much and I am sorry for taking your time so often.

asked Nov 17 '12 at 12:42 Hans Contributor

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I see the 'even' sentences as equal in meaning. A more common way to say this would be, 'He even bought a gift for me.', but that may regional.


Your second examples have some differences, but subtle.

The first seems to say that what I did was done for your benefit; something I might say after paying $500 for a fancy outdoor grill so he could cook for my wife. The other two imply that I had done something, such as a chore or favor, but only for one person, you.

That's just my sense of these, and isn't rooted in any technical knowledge.  Good question, by the way.

link comment edited Nov 17 '12 at 13:01 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

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