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Hi,
I wonder if only can be put in two different positions when it refers to the subject.

Only I am allowed to open certain kinds of files on this server.
I am only allowed to open certain kinds of files on this server.

Only I succeded in creating a virus for Window Vista, already.
I only succeded in creating a virus for Window Vista, already.

That "only" always refers to "I", the subject. Do I always have to put it before the subject?
Be careful, stress is important, so I'm not asking what's the best way to write it, but what are the possible and best way to say that.
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Hi,

I wonder if only can be put in two different positions when it refers to the subject.

Only I am allowed to open certain kinds of files on this server. I am the only person who is allowed to do this.
I am only allowed to open certain kinds of files on this server. Opening these files is the only thing I am allowed to do.

Only I succeded in creating a virus for Window Vista, already. No-one succeeded except me. ( 'Already' does not fit well in ethter of these sentences.)
I only succeded in creating a virus for Window Vista, already. Hard to interpret. Might be 'I was the only one', might be 'that was my only success. Voice stress would usually clarify this.

That "only" always refers to "I", the subject. Do I always have to put it before the subject? No, but it's the simplest approach. Don't put it after the verb or it will be associated with the verb..
Be careful, stress is important, so I'm not asking what's the best way to write it, but what are the possible and best ways to say that.
See my previous comments.

Best wishes, Clive
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Note the alternate way of saying these.

Only I am allowed to ...
I am the only one/person/employee/technician/
etc. allowed to ...

I am only allowed to ...
The only thing I am allowed to do is ...


CJ
Addendum:

only most naturally goes before the subject, not after it, if it is the subject which is to be restricted by the word only.

Nevertheless, there is one very common exception, and that is the expression God only knows! (=Only God knows!)

CJ
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CalifJimonly most naturally goes before the subject, not after it, if it is the subject which is to be restricted by the word only.
Nevertheless, there is one very common exception, and that is the expression God only knows! (=Only God knows!)
Thanks Jim, I see.
And that's interesting... In Italian we normally put "only" in front of the subject (like in English), but putting it after "God" in "God only knows" is idiomatic here too! Emotion: smile