You use if only with past tenses to introduce what you think is a fairly good reason for doing something, although you realize it may not be a very good one.
never …except when
never to be repeated
You can say that something has only just happened when you want to emphasize that it happened a very short time ago .
You can use only too to emphasize that something is true or exists to a much greater extent than you would expect or like.
If you refer to a way of doing something, you are referring to how you can do it, for example the action you can take or the method you can use to achieve it.
(of a file, document, etc) capable of being read, but not written or changed
Room only is used to indicate that the price of accommodations in a hotel or guest house does not include the cost of food.
being single or very few in number
If you have a chance to do something, you have the opportunity to do it.
a person who has no siblings
The reason for something is a fact or situation which explains why it happens or what causes it to happen.
You can use thing to refer to any object, feature, or event when you cannot, need not, or do not want to refer to it more precisely .
(of a child ) being the only offspring of its father
in name only:
If you say that a situation exists in name only, you mean that it does not have the status or position that it claims to have.
one and only:
incomparable ; unique
only have to:
If you say you only have to do one thing in order to achieve or prove a second thing, you are emphasizing how easily the second thing can be achieved or proved.
all too/only too:
You use all too or only too to emphasize that something happens to a greater extent or degree than is pleasant or desirable .
read only memory:
the one and only:
The one and only can be used in front of the name of an actor, singer, or other famous person when they are being introduced on a show .
the only downside:
The downside of a situation is the aspect of it which is less positive, pleasant, or useful than its other aspects.
the only problem:
A problem is a situation that is unsatisfactory and causes difficulties for people.
know only by name:
to be familiar with the name of but not know personally
not only not just:
You use not in expressions such as 'not only', 'not just', and 'not simply ' to emphasize that something is true, but it is not the whole truth .
second only to sth:
If you say that something is second only to something else, you mean that only that thing is better or greater than it.
have only to/only have to:
If you say you only have to or have only to do one thing in order to achieve or prove a second thing, you are emphasizing how easily the second thing can be achieved or proved.
the only game in town:
the only option worth considering
only have eyes for someone:
to only be attracted to one particular person
only have eyes for something:
to be determined to have one particular thing
erasable programmable read only memory:
a data-word-id="9775">read-data-word-id="88">only data-word-id="734">memory data-word-id="8646">chip data-word-id="6">that data-word-id="36">can data-word-id="13">have data-word-id="6084">its data erased by ultraviolet light and then be programmed with different data
not the only pebble on the beach:
not the only person who is important or should be considered in a particular situation, although they may think they are
A pom is the same as a → pommy .
God knows/God only knows/God alone knows:
You can say God knows, God only knows, or God alone knows to emphasize that you do not know something.
only/just etc a question/matter of time:
If you say that it is only a matter of time or only a question of time before something happens, you mean that it cannot be avoided and will definitely happen at some future date .
only part of the story/not the whole story:
If you say that something is only part of the story or is not the whole story, you mean that the explanation or information given is not enough for a situation to be fully understood .
have only oneself to blame/have no-one but oneself to blame:
If you say that someone has only themselves to blame or has no-one but themselves to blame, you mean that they are responsible for something bad that has happened to them and that you have no sympathy for them.
erasable programmable read-only memory