Decoded Slug: 只 (zhǐ) - Only (limiting quantity)

Mandarin Grammar Point
只 (zhǐ) - Only (limiting quantity)

只 (zhǐ) - Only (limiting quantity)

Short explanation:

Used to limit the quantity or degree of something.


Subject + 只 + Verb/ Numeral-Measure word phrase


Wǒ zhǐ hē le yī bēi kāfēi.
I only drank one cup of coffee.
Tā zhǐyǒu shí suì, dànshì tā de Zhōngwén shuō de hěn hǎo.
He is only ten years old, but he speaks Chinese very well.
Zài zhè gè chéngshì, wǒ zhǐ zhù le liǎng gè yuè.
In this city, I only lived for two months.
Tāmen zhǐ xūyào èrshí fēnzhōng jiù néng láidào zhèlǐ.
They only need twenty minutes to get here.

Long explanation:

The Mandarin Chinese word '只 (zhǐ)' is used to express limitation in quantity or degree. In English, it is equivalent to 'only'. '只' has the function to limit and is generally placed before the verb or the numeral-measure word phrase, to stress the quantity or degree of something.

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