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"Único" is an adjective which is often translated as "only", and "lo único" is a phrase which is often translated as "the only thing". Learn more about the difference between "único" and "lo único" below.
único(
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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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lo único(
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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (general)
a. the only thing
La fiesta estuvo genial. Lo único que no me gustó fue la banda.The party was great. The only thing that I didn't like was the band.
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