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.
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.
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