Quick answer
"Only" is an adverb which is often translated as "solo", and "all" is an adjective which is often translated as "todo". Learn more about the difference between "only" and "all" below.
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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. (no more than)
a. solo
I have been married only once.Me he casado solo una vez.
b. solamente
I was told only five northern white rhinos are still alive in the world.Me dijeron que solamente existen cinco rinocerontes blancos del norte en todo el mundo.
2. (exclusively)
a. solo
This is an honor reserved only for important people.Este es un honor que se reserva solo para gente importante.
b. solamente
Only people with boarding passes are permitted beyond this point.Solamente personas con pases de abordar se permiten más allá de este punto.
c. únicamente
Only people older than 21 years old can enter the bar.Únicamente gente de 21 años o más puede entrar al bar.
3. (merely)
a. solamente
I'm only an assistant. My boss makes those decisions.Solamente soy un asistente. Mi jefe toma esas decisiones.
b. simplemente
Oh, come on! I was only joking.Vamos, que simplemente estaba bromeando.
4. (no longer ago than)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I saw them only last week and they seemed happy. I can't believe they broke up.Los vi apenas hace una semana y parecían felices. No puedo creer que hayan roto.
It seems like only yesterday that we were getting married, and now we're celebrating our 25th anniversary.Parece que solo fue ayer que nos casamos, y ahora estamos celebrando nuestro 25 aniversario.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
5. (one)
a. único
This tree is the only one of its species.Este árbol es el único de su especie.
A conjunction is a word that connects words, phrases, clauses, or sentences (e.g. The cat and the dog slept.).
6. (adversative)
a. pero
I'd really like to go, only I have to work that day.De veras me gustaría ir, pero tengo que trabajar ese día.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (the total amount of)
a. todo
I dumped out all the water in the kiddie pool.Tiré toda el agua de la piscinita.
2. (each and every one of)
a. todos
All my friends are here with me.Todos mis amigos están aquí conmigo.
3. (any)
a. alguno
He denied all interest in running the race.Negó tener interés alguno en participar en la carrera.
4. (nothing but)
a. puro
That shirt is all silk.Esa camisa es de pura seda.
A pronoun is a word that stands in for a noun (e.g. she).
5. (the total amount)
a. todo (masculine)
There isn't any glue left. Did you use it all?No queda pegamento. ¿Lo usaste todo?
b. toda (feminine)
And the soup? - Sorry, I ate it all.¿Y la sopa? - Lo siento, me la comí toda.
6. (each and every one)
a. todos (masculine)
There was graffiti saying, "Liberty and justice for all."Había una pintada que decía: "Libertad y justicia para todos".
b. todas (feminine)
Don't worry, ladies, there's plenty for all. No need to push.No se preocupen, señoras, hay suficiente para todas. No hace falta empujar.
c.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I proved that all of you were lying.He probado que todos estaban mintiendo.
The child picked up all of his toys from the floor.El niño recogió todos sus juguetes del suelo.
7. (the only thing)
a. lo único que
All I want is peace and quiet.Lo único que quiero es paz y tranquilidad.
b. todo lo que
All you have to do is put the pizza in the oven and eat it.Todo lo que tienes que hacer es meter la pizza en el horno y comértela.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
8. (entirely)
a. todo
The floor is all clean now.Ahora el suelo está todo limpio.
b. por completo
Are you all finished?¿Ya terminaste por completo?
9. (sport)
a. empatado
The match finished three-all after 90 minutes.El partido acabó empatados a tres tras 90 minutos.
b. iguales (tennis)
The score was 15-all.El marcador era 15 iguales.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
10. (effort)
a. el todo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
He gave his all for the cause.Le dio el todo a la causa.
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