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Positioning of 'only' and 'often'.

It is important to be careful with the position of 'only' and 'often'. If it is positioned carelessly, its meaning can be ambiguous.

The following sentence is ambiguous.

Students who go to the pub often can get worse grades.

This could mean either of the following:

Students who often go to the pub can get worse grades.

Students who go to the pub can often get worse grades.

This sentence is also ambiguous.

The women who protested at Greenham Common often would sleep in tents.

This could mean either of the following:

The women who often protested at Greenham Common would sleep in tents.

The women who protested at Greenham Common would often sleep in tents.

The same problem can occur with only.

The students who went to the pub only found warm beer.

This could mean either of the following:

The students who only went to the pub found warm beer.

The students who went to the pub found only warm beer.

Take care when using these little words that can pop up at different places in sentences. While the meaning of the sentence may be obvious to you, it may well be ambiguous to your reader.