1) Can I say "I can't start working on this home work before August" or should I only say "I can't start working on this (home work) until August?

2) Btw, is it "should I only say ...." or "should I say only ..." in my first question?

Thanks!
Anonymous1) Can I say "I can't start working on this home work before August" or should I only say "I can't start working on this (home work) until August?
Both are correct.
Anonymous2) Btw, is it "should I only say .." or "should I say only ..." in my first question?
Lots of people including myself make this error.
"Should I say only etc." is correct.

In some cases there's true ambiguity: Should I only sip this drink? Should I sip only this drink?
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Another question just popped in my head Avangi:

What is the difference between "Should I only sip this drink" and "Should I sip only this drink"?

"Should I only sip this drink" - I'm not allowed to drink, but I can get a sip.

"Should I sip only this drink" - I'm not allowed to sip any of the other drinks

Is my answer correct? I apologize in adavance if I had given an absurd answer! Emotion: embarrassed

Thanks!

Anon
You have it exactly right!

Edit. Well, there are two interpretations of "to sip."

"Only a sip!" "Just a sip!" is the interpretation you have used in the first example.

There's also, "If you drink it straight down, you'll burn your esophagus! Just sip it."

Either interpretation works for the first example.

For the second example, only your interpretation works.

I'm quite sure you understand it. Emotion: nodding

Regards, - A.
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Another one, haha!

Can I recaste "Should I sip only this drink" as "Should I sip this drink only"?

Thanks a lot!
AnonymousCan I recaste "Should I sip only this drink" as "Should I sip this drink only"?
It works for me! [Y]
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