negation + only

navi

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armenian
Can one say:
1-I can do almost all the things they want me to do. I only can't type fast.
2-I can do almost all the things they want me to do. I only don't type fast.


I asked a similar question yesterday. Embonpoint gave an interesting reply which was, if I understood things correctly, contradicted to some extent by Thomas Thompion. The sentences in this question are somewhat like the ones in my question yesterday. I am under the impression that these two might seem more acceptable.
 
  • ajparis

    Senior Member
    American English
    In both cases "only" should start the sentence.

    I can do almost everything they want me to do, only I can't type fast. OR I can do almost everything they want me to do. I just can't type fast.
     

    entangledbank

    Senior Member
    English - South-East England
    I wouldn't use 'only' in either of those. The natural word in that position is 'just'; and 'can't' is somewhat more natural after earlier 'can do'.
     
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