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The state of Maine, in the extreme northeast corner of the continental United States, shares land borders with two Canadian provinces, Quebec and New Brunswick, but only is adjacent with one state, New Hampshire
(A) only is adjacent with one
(B) is adjacent only with one
(C) is adjacent to only one other
(D) only is adjacent to one
(E) is only adjacent to one other


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Originally posted by mikemcgarry on 07 May 2013, 11:50.
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This is test of the placement of the limiting adverb only. An adverb normally modifies what is after it. In this case, the gist is that although Maine, borders with two Canadian provinces, is adjacent to only one US state, namely New Hampshire, the adverb limiting the scope to just one other state . So the expression should be ‘is adjacent to only one other” as in C. All other placements of ‘only’ lead to distorted meaning
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mikemcgarry wrote:
[color=#0000ff]The state of Maine, in the extreme northeast corner of the continental United States, shares land borders with two Canadian provinces, Quebec and New Brunswick, but only is adjacent with one state, New Hampshire.

The correct idiom is "adjacent to sh". "Only" (adverb here) will modify the closest word.

(A) only is adjacent with one
"Only" is misplaced. Wrong idiom.
(B) is adjacent only with one
Wrong idiom.
(C) is adjacent to only one other
Correct.
(D) only is adjacent to one
"Only" is misplaced.
(E) is only adjacent to one other
"Only" is misplaced.
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correct idiom Adjacent to ...

a and b out ;

only is placed correctly in C as state of maine shares with 2 but is adjacent to only 1 other ......

question is on reference of only
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"adjacent to" is correct, eliminate A,B

"Adjacent to only" is best

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option C seems best: is adjacent to only one other
reasoning: the adverb "only" has to qualify "one other state"
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The state of Maine, in the extreme northeast corner of the continental United States, shares land borders with two Canadian provinces, Quebec and New Brunswick, but only is adjacent with one state, New Hampshire.

(A) only is adjacent with one

(B) is adjacent only with one

(C) is adjacent to only one other

(D) only is adjacent to one

(E) is only adjacent to one other

As the author of this question, I am happy to respond. :-) Temurkhon & aditya8062 are perfectly correct.
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' Adjacent to only one other ' is the correct usage
' Only adjacent to ' conveys the wrong meaning
correct answer - C
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Two points with this question according to me -


1. Correct idiomatic usage - Adjacent to
2. Correct use of restrictive modifier - Only ( Modifying the closest word - the other state)

Hence I have no doubt about (C)
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The state of Maine, in the extreme northeast corner of the continental United States, shares land borders with two Canadian provinces, Quebec and New Brunswick, but only is adjacent with one state, New Hampshire
(A) only is adjacent with one Idiom error (adjacent to)
(B) is adjacent only with one Idiom error (adjacent to)
(C) is adjacent to only one other correct
(D) only is adjacent to one changes meaning
(E) is only adjacent to one other changes meaning
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A. but only is ...awkward
B. adjacen with is incorrect
C. seems ok
D. but only is awkward
E. changes the meaning of the original sentence
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The state of Maine, in the extreme northeast corner of the continental United States, shares land borders with two Canadian provinces, Quebec and New Brunswick, but only is adjacent with one state, New Hampshire

(C) is adjacent to only one other Correct 'adjacent only'

(E) is only adjacent to one other - adjacent only is right

I have a question with regards to the phrasing 'to only' vs 'only to' . What if C was 'adjacent only to one other' (rather than to only one another) - would that be correct as well? If yes I understand that any preposition (adjacent/ near/ around should be followed by 'ly' formation).
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