only

only only adj. [only before noun] 1. used to say that no other or others of the same group exist or are there • 仅有的;唯一的:
»Sheˈs their only daughter.
她是他们的独生女。
»We were the only people there.
我们是唯一在场的人。
»His only answer was a grunt.
他唯一的回答就只是哼了一声。
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2. used to say that sb / sth is the best and you would not choose any other • 最好的;最适当的:
»Sheˈs the only person for the job.
她是这项工作最合适的人选。
【IDIOMS】 the only thing ˈis... • (informal) used before mentioning a worry or problem you have with sth • 问题是;麻烦的是;只是;不过:
»Iˈd love to come—the only thing is I might be late.
我很想去——只不过我可能会迟到。
--› more at name n., six det. adv. 1. nobody or nothing except • 只;只有;仅:
»There are only a limited number of tickets available.
剩下的票数量很有限。
»The bar is for members only.
这间酒吧只对会员开放。
»You only have to look at her to see she doesnˈt eat enough.
你只消看一眼就知道她进食不够多。
»Only nine people turned up.
只来了五个人。
2. in no other situation, place, etc. • 仅在…情况下(或地点等):
»I agreed, but only because I was frightened.
我同意了,但只是因为我受到了恐吓。
»Children are admitted only if accompanied by an adult.
儿童必须有成年人陪同方可入场。
【HELP】In formal written English only, or only if and its clause, can be placed first in the sentence. In the second part of the sentence, be, do, have, etc. come before the subject and the main part of the verb: Only in Paris do you find bars like this. Only if these conditions are fulfilled can the application proceed to the next stage. • 在正式书面英语中,only 或 only if 及其从句可置于句首。在句子的其余部份,be、do、have 等置于主语及主要动词前:Only in Paris do you find bars like this. / Only if these conditions are fulfilled can the application proceed to the next stage. 3. no more important, interesting, serious, etc. than • 只不过;仅…而已:
»It was only a suggestion.
这只是个提议罢了。
»Donˈt blame me, Iˈm only the messenger!
别责怪我。我只不过是个传话的!
»He was only teasing you.
他只是逗你玩玩罢了。
4. no more than; no longer than • 只有;仅;刚刚:
»Sheˈs only 21 and she runs her own business.
她只有 21 岁就经营起自己的企业了。
»It only took a few seconds.
那只需要几秒钟。
»It took only a few seconds.
那只需要几秒钟。
5. not until • (直到)…才;(只是)…才:
»We only got here yesterday.
我们昨天才到这里。
»(formal) Only then did she realize the stress he was under.
直到那时她才意识到他所承受的压力。
【HELP】When only begins a sentence be, do, have, etc. come before the subject and the main part of the verb. • 当句子以 only 开始时,be、do、have 等词要置于主语和主要动词之前。 6. used to say that sb can do no more than what is mentioned, although this is probably not enough • 仅此而已;只能:
»We can only guess what happened.
我们只能猜测发生了什么事。
»He could only watch helplessly as the car plunged into the ravine.
他只能眼睁睁地看着汽车冲入峡谷。
»I only hope that she never finds out.
我唯有希望她永远别发现真相。
7. used to say that sth will have a bad effect • (用于说明事情的恶果)只会,愈加:
»If you do that, it will only make matters worse.
如果你那样做,只会乱上加乱。
»Trying to reason with him only enrages him even more.
跟他讲理只会使他更加生气。
8. only to do sth used to mention sth that happens immediately afterwards, especially sth that causes surprise, disappointment, etc. • 不料;竟然:
»She turned up the driveway, only to find her way blocked.
她开上自家车道,不料发现路已被堵。
not only... but (also)... • both... and... • 不但…而且…:
»He not only read the book, but also remembered what he had read.
他不但读了这本书,而且记得所读的内容。
only ˈjust 1. not long ago / before • 刚才;刚刚:
»Weˈve only just arrived.
我们刚到。
2. almost not • 险些没;差点没;刚好:
»He only just caught the train.
他差点没赶上火车。
»I can afford it, but only just.
这东西我刚好买得起。
only too... • very • 很;非常:
»I was only too pleased to help.
我非常乐意帮忙。
»Children can be difficult as we know only too well.
小孩子往往很难对付,对此我们都非常清楚。
youˈre only young ˈonce •(saying) young people should enjoy themselves as much as possible, because they will have to work and worry later in their lives • 行乐当及年少时;青春只有一次 --› more at eye n., if conj. conj. • (informal) except that; but • 不过;但是;可是:
»Iˈd love to come, only I have to work.
我很想去,但是我要上班。
»It tastes like chicken, only stronger.
这东西尝起来像鸡肉,只是味道浓一点。
* * *
['әunli]
adj. 唯一的, 單獨的, 最好的, 最合適的
adv. 僅僅, 只不過
conj.
但是, 可是

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