Decoded Slug: Emphatic 'chỉ là …'

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Emphatic 'chỉ là …'

Emphatic 'chỉ là …'

Short explanation:

'chỉ là …' is used to emphasize the small amount, simple nature or insignificance of something.

Formation:

Subject + chỉ là + Verb/Adj + Noun/Verb/Adj

Examples:

Tôi chỉ là một học sinh cấp ba.
I'm just a senior student.
Cô ấy chỉ là một người bạn mà thôi.
She is just a friend.
Tôi chỉ cần một cơ hội để chứng minh bản thân.
I just need a chance to prove myself.
Anh ta chỉ là một người đàn ông bình thường mà thôi.
He is just an ordinary man.

Long explanation:

The phrase 'chỉ là …' in Vietnamese is an emphatic expression used to highlight the small amount, simple nature or insignificance of something, akin to 'just' or 'only' in English. It can be used in a variety of contexts to limit or reduce the emphasis on an action, object, person, or circumstance.
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