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"The Only" Versus "Only"

"The Only" Versus "Only"
« on: November 30, 2007, 04:46:57 PM »

When diagramming conditional statements, the phrase "the only" can be confusing because you have to pay attention to the referent of "the only" marker.

So I know that if you a statement such as "The only smart people are Martians."

Then it would be diagrammed as Smart -> Martian

How do you diagram such a statement as "Only Martians are Smart."

Is it also Smart -> Martian?

Can you explain why?

Re: "The Only" Versus "Only"
« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2007, 04:53:08 PM »
The word "only" is a word of necessity. Remember, Sufficient --> Necessary.