use ONLY as an ADVERB (with AUDIO!)


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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