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"Únicamente" is an adverb which is often translated as "only", and "solo" is an adjective which is often translated as "alone". Learn more about the difference between "únicamente" and "solo" below.
únicamente(
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nee
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kah
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mehn
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teh
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An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (general)
a. only
Únicamente te venderán el antibiótico con receta médica.They'll only sell you the antibiotic if you have a medical prescription.
b. solely
El descuento es válido únicamente para empleados.The discount is valid solely for employees.
c. just
Mi tía únicamente nos sirvió sopa, así que pasamos mucha hambre.My aunt just gave us soup, so we went very hungry.
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solo(
soh
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loh
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (unaccompanied)
a. alone
Me da miedo estar solo en la oscuridad.It scares me to be alone in the dark.
b. on one's own
¿Prefieres ver películas sola, o con amigos?Do you prefer to watch movies on your own, or with friends?
c. by itself
Quiero la hamburguesa sola, sin pan.I want the burger by itself, without a bun.
2. (lonesome)
a. lonely
Me sentía muy sola cuando llegué a Tokio por primera vez.I felt very lonely when I arrived in Tokyo for the first time.
3. (singular)
a. single
Este cuarto tiene un solo clóset, pero tenemos mucha ropa.This room has a single closet, but we have a lot of clothes.
4. (related to coffee)
a. black
Tomaré un café solo, por favor.I will have a black coffee, please.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
5. (simply)
a. only
Solo hay un problema.There is only one problem.
b. just
Solo haz lo que te digo. No hagas preguntas.Just do what I tell you. Don't ask questions.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
6. (music)
a. solo
El solo de guitarra fue espectacular.The guitar solo was amazing.
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