When we use the word “only” as an adverb it can mean – no more than; no longer than
“It was so hot my ice cream melted in only 5 or 10 seconds!”
– It took no longer than 5 or 10 seconds
“She’s only 21 and she runs her own business.”
– She is young (not more than 21) but she has her own business. Great!
“It only took a few seconds.”
That’s why it’s called fast food!
“I think Bill only does laundry once a week.”
– I don’t think that he does laundry more than once a week.
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