In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(merely, no more than)solosolamenteI've only worn it once — me lo he puesto solamente una vez
- are you going already? it's only nine — ¿ya te vas? son solo las nueve / no son más que las nueve / son apenas las nueve
- you'll only make matters worse — lo único que vas a lograr es empeorar las cosas
- you only have / have only to ask — no tienes más que pedir
- I'm only doing my job — solo estoy cumpliendo con mi trabajo
- I was only joking! — ¡te lo decía en broma!
- we rushed back, only to find that they had already gone — volvimos corriendo y nos encontramos con que ya se habían ido
- We are a small special school and a decline in only a small number of children can affect the budget.
- Most jobs were only one or two hours and she was expected to drive her own car between them.
- As a group, the San have declined in numbers and only a very few now live in the Kalahari.
- However do you expect to r-run an operation as c-complex as this with only a staff of seven?
- Is there a danger we could expect too much of what is, after all, only a five-day event?
- The Spanish figure of only 100 is hardly credible and should be the stuff of scandal.
- One of the animals shot was a lamb that was only three hours old, along with cows that were in calf.
- But this does not imply that the track sprinter can get by with training only a few days a week.
- Until the 1930s, the life expectancy of a baby with the disease was only a few months.
- Kenneth is only 17 and was hardly made for the job of shadowing one as elusive as Bellamy.
- He was born with a congenital heart defect which meant he had only half a heart.
2(exclusively)solosolamenteúnicamenteonly a madman would attempt it — solo / solamente / únicamente un loco lo intentaría
- only you and I know the truth — tú y yo somos los únicos que sabemos la verdad
- [ S ]staff only — solo personal autorizado
- In two of the cases, he had never met them and in the other had met the girl only once.
- Working on this is something that happens only once in an archaeologist's lifetime.
- I am allowed to get properly drunk once a week but only on a Friday or Saturday.
- He made the surprising admission, once known only to the cognoscenti, that he was a lawyer.
- If people must have fireworks then they should only be for properly organised displays.
- I've only worn them out once - but I have been known to slip them on to do the hoovering.
- Once only a few precious Yuppies had cellphones, now every burglar has at least one mobile.
- He has only been to Scotland once before, but to play golf rather than football.
- It is the only one solely dedicated to finding the cause and cure of all kinds of arthritis.
- What was she doing dreaming about a female blogger whose eyes she had only seen once?
- Some companies, sticking to the rule book, only give notice once every three years.
- There was no way of removing the feet at the end of the day without damaging them and so each pair could only be used once.
- You really fancy this girl and you know she has a boyfriend, but you have only met him once or twice.
- They are huge missiles that should only be used in properly managed public displays.
- So maybe it's just fine that we peek out of English and into the rest of the world only once a year or so.
- Christopher has been to York only once before, ironically when he had another injury.
- This is just their sixth ever meeting and only once has a match consisted of less then three goals.
- She says they have only met once since, to try to sort out the divorce arrangements.
- Lord Lansdowne said the estate has only covered its losses once in the past 13 years.
- Besides, most people only hold two cards at any one time so why impose a limit at all.
3(no earlier than)solorecién Latin Americaonly then did I learn the truth — recién entonces me enteré de la verdad Latin America
- This was discovered only a fortnight ago by Milngavie Primary School near Glasgow.
- The museum itself is built right on the site of a Viking settlement, discovered only a few years ago.
4(no longer ago than)it seems like only yesterday — parece que fue ayer
- only last week the very same problem came up — la semana pasada, sin ir más lejos, surgió el mismo problema
1únicoshe's an only child — es hija única
- my only regret is that … — lo único que siento es que …
- the only remaining possibility — la única posibilidad que queda
- the only possible course of action — la única vía de acción posible
- you're the only person who knows — eres la única persona / el único que lo sabe
1peroI'd like to, only I'm very busy — me gustaría, pero / lo que pasa es que estoy muy ocupado
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