Decoded Slug: Restrictive construction 'chỉ … thôi'

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Restrictive construction 'chỉ … thôi'

Restrictive construction 'chỉ … thôi'

Short explanation:

Used to express the meaning of 'only.'

Formation:

subject + chỉ + verb + (object/description) + thôi

Examples:

Tôi chỉ ăn trái cây thôi.
I only eat fruits.
Anh ấy chỉ biết nói tiếng Việt thôi.
He only knows how to speak Vietnamese.
Cô ấy chỉ muốn một món quà nhỏ thôi.
She only wants a small gift.
Chúng ta chỉ cần 5 phút nữa thôi để hoàn thành công việc này.
We only need 5 more minutes to finish this task.

Long explanation:

The restrictive construction 'chỉ … thôi' in Vietnamese is used to denote exclusivity. 'Chỉ' denotes only or merely and 'thôi' translates to end or stop. When used together, 'chỉ … thôi' expresses the idea of 'only' or 'just', representing exclusiveness.
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