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Is "however" placed naturally here?

I don't see any of that. The only thing I do see however is a bag that looks suspiciously identical to the one I gave you for your birthday last year.

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  • What do you think? Are you happy with the construction, apart from missing commas? Mar 10, 2021 at 19:36
  • It's my best guess. Is it an obvious place to put it?
    – user131312
    Mar 10, 2021 at 20:47
  • The only thing I do see, however, is a bag that etc.
    – Lambie
    Dec 11, 2021 at 19:24

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As a matter of style and taste, "only" and "however" seem to clash somehow. I wonder if either of the following would flow better:

"However, what I do see is ..."

"The only thing I see is ..."

Say all options out loud and see what sounds best to you.

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Your sentence with commas before and after however is fine.

Most people might say ...looks suspiciously like the one.... rather than identical to but that's a matter of style and preference, not grammar. And the do is optional, depending on what emphasis you give the sentence.

The only thing I (do) see, however, is a bag that looks suspiciously (identical to) like the one I gave you for your birthday last year.

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