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- only is part of the Basic English 850.
- no more than; no other than; just
- There are only three schools in this town.
- You can get this only in Canada.
- I'm only able to go on Monday.
- He comes only once a year.
- She only eats vegetables.
- This is only what we got.
- He's not only nice, but also good looking.
- We will stop only to rest.
- Things will only get worse.
- Only call me if you have to.
If only is the first word of a sentence, then the word order changes.
- You should call me only when you are ready to go.
- Only when you are ready to go should you call me.
- Just one or just a few; this and no other; no more than this.
- She is the only woman doctor in this city.
- These are the only coins I have.
- (usually before a noun) An only child, son, girl, etc. has no brothers or sisters.
- (informal) but; except that
- They probably could do it, only you never let them try.