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> My sentence: Factors that are the same across all pipelines and
> internal companies are only included in this form.
> Summer Students: Only factors that are the same across all
> pipelines and internal companies are included in this form.
Depends on what word "only" really modifies... "included" (as an adverb) or
"factors that . . ." (as an adjective).
"Factors that are the same across all pipelines and internal companies are only
included in this form-- not included in the other form, and not broadcast on the
"Only factors that are the same across all pipelines and internal companies are
included in this form-- no other factors are included."
Your instinct that her version sounds better is right on target. In my
experience, that kind of common-sense hunch is often more reliable than going
through reference books. (This reminds me of the time I was a little kid
experimenting with nail polish, and I stubbornly insisted to my mother that
"Apply to clean nails" meant the stuff cleaned the nails, since "clean" was a
verb... In that case, a little grammatical knowledge was a dangerous thing.)
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