One learner from a forum was asking me about starting this sentence "You were the only one I loved" with the "I" in the front.
He made this sentence:
- I loved only you one
I told him that was incorrect because "one" was wrong there, but couldn't explain why. Instead I gave him two options which I think both mean the same:
- I loved only you alone.
- I loved you and only you.
He asked why "alone" is correct while "one" isn't and once again I couldn't explain this.
Please, explain why his sentence is wrong and tell me if there's a difference between my options.