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"Único" is an adjective which is often translated as "only", and "sólo" is an adverb which is also often translated as "only". Learn more about the difference between "único" and "sólo" below.
único(
oo
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nee
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koh
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (sole)
a. only
Este pan es el único que queda.This loaf is the only one left.
2. (extraordinary)
a. unique
Thoreau fue un escritor único.Thoreau was a unique writer.
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sólo(
soh
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loh
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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. (exclusively)
a. only
Sólo me duele al respirar.It only hurts when I'm breathing.
2. (simply)
a. just
Mi perro no es agresivo, sólo está asustado.My dog is not aggressive; he's just frightened.
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