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Question: I need help with my homework!. Where does 'only' go: "If only I knew" or "If I only knew" or "Only if I knew"!?
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It goes wherever you want it to go!. Poetry allows words to morph and change direction!. Of course, the answers will be different for each of the three questions, so first you need to decide which question you really want to ask!.

The correct version would be to place "only" right before or after (and I believe it's actually supposed to be after) the object it is to modify!. The car is "only" a few feet away!. The "only" car is a few feet away!. The car "only", is a few feet away!. See the way the meaning is different in each sentence!? I suppose this is why grammatical rules are so important!. With a little shifting of punctuation and word placement, meanings can really be altered!. I believe the correct way to write the first sentence would be: The car is a few feet away only!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

If i only knew it would go in between how can i know!.
Then i could write in the correct answer if it would only show!.
Home work sucks if i only knew what the hell they should show me
What the hell now it makes me wanna scream!.
Now i knew how to go if i only knew
I would be at the top of my class if they would just give me a damn clue!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

I'm a novice but will say this, the third choice is awkward to me, it would have to be used only if the context called for it!.!.!.
the first two I've often used, depending on what I want to emphasize in the thought!.
But you KNOW this, so it must be a trick Q!


If only I knew is correct; however,it depends on the context!.
For instance in a story, a character might say "if I only knew'" because that is his way of speaking!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

If your homework is in a subject like Literature, it sounds better "If only i knew"!. But grammatically the three are correct!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

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!.!.be a devil!.!.!.take a plunge!.!.!.someone is bound to put you right!.!.!.they cant help themselves!.!.!.they all sound ok to me!.!.!.!.if only i knew the right answer!.!.then i would know!.!.!.!.!.seamanabWww@QuestionHome@Com

Nice try! We're not going to help you cheat on your homework!. Try finishing the chapter your in!. Www@QuestionHome@Com

"If I only knew" sounds best, but either of the first two are acceptable!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

If I only knew the answer to this question, I would be happy to tell you!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

Any and all can be used!.
Use the one which makes your
thoughts flow smoother!. Www@QuestionHome@Com

I think it depends on the context!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

If only I was new!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

huh!? ur point!?Www@QuestionHome@Com