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Are these sentences correct?

  • 1) "Am I the only one who doesn't play video games here?"

  • 2) "Here, am I the only one who doesn't play video games?"

Can I say these two sentences to mean "Am I the only one here who doesn't play video games?" I'm asking this because especially the sentence number 1 sounds kind of wrong to me. It sounds as if I'm talking about playing video games at the place we're at while it's not what I mean.

Context: Let's say I'm in a friend group. Everybody's talking about video games and I want to ask if I'm the only one among us who doesn't play video games.

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Here, I would not be the only one to say both are right.

In speech, people often pre-position it.

The here should be understood in the context of a speech act (Austin).

In fact, it can go in one of three places:

"Here, am I the only one who doesn't play video games?"
"Am I the only one here who doesn't play video games?"

"Am I the only one who doesn't play video games here?"

Though one might be less common, all three are heard in actual speech.

Pre-positioned, post positioned and after the relevant noun.

In fact, the word here can refer to a situation about which we are those commenting on this know nothing, really.

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The word here can be ambiguous in a sentence like this, and the best way to solve your problem is not to move it, but to replace it:

Am I the only one in this group who doesn't play video games?

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