I have made up two similar sentences below.

(1) Only one copy of the stamp exists in the world.

(2) The stamp exists in only one copy in the world.

I am not sure which one is grammatical. Please help me. Thanks a lo.t


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Hi, Ansonman,

Only (1) is correct. However, one would normally say:

(3) There is only one copy of the stamp in the world.

For the phrase "in X number of copies/versions, etc." to be possible, there needs to be some adjective or participle after the verb "be":

(4) The book is only available in hardcover edition.

(5) The agreement will be signed in three copies/counterparts.

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