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sólo

USAGE NOTE
Nowadays, the correct spelling of this adverb omits the accent.
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).
adverb
1. (exclusively)
a. only
Bebí un vaso de vino sólo.I only had a glass of wine.
b. just
Desayuno fuera sólo los domingos.I just go out for breakfast on Sundays.
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sólo
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
adverb
1. (general)
a. only, just
no sólo… sino (también)…not only… but (also)…
con sólo, sólo conjust by
sólo que…only…
solo
adjective
1 (sin compañía) alone; on one's own
pasa los días solo en su cuarto he spends the days alone o on his own in his room; iré solo I'll go alone o on my own; dejar solo a algn to leave sb alone; me quedé solo I was left alone; habla solo he talks to himself; se quedó solo a los siete años he was left an orphan o alone in the world at seven
estar más solo que la una to be all on one's own
es tonto como él solo he's as stupid as they come
lo hace como él solo he does it as no one else can
se queda solo contando mentiras he's as good a liar as you'll find
más vale estar solo que mal acompañado it's better to be on your own than in bad company
2 (solitario) lonely
me siento muy solo I feel very lonely
3 (único)
su sola preocupación es ganar dinero his one o only concern is to make money; con esta sola condición on this one condition; hay una sola dificultad there is only o just one problem; no hubo ni una sola objeción there was not a single objection
4 (sin acompañamiento) [+café, té] black; [+whisky, vodka, ron] straight; neat
tendremos que comer pan solo we shall have to eat plain bread
5 (Música) solo
cantar solo to sing solo
1 (Música) solo
un solo de guitarra a guitar solo; un solo para tenor a tenor solo
2 (café) black coffee
3 (Naipes) solitaire; patience
4 (S. Cone) (lata) tedious conversation
solo
sólo
adverb
(únicamente) only; (exclusivamente) solely; merely; just
solo quiero verlo I only o just want to see it; es solo un teniente he's only a lieutenant; he's a mere lieutenant; no solo A sino también B not only A but also B; solo con apretar un botón at the touch of a button; me parece bien solo que no tengo tiempo that's fine, only o but I don't have the time; ven aunque solo sea para media hora come even if it's just for half an hour; con solo que sepas tocar algunas notas even if you only know how to play a few notes; solo con que estudies dos horas diarias by studying for as little as two hours a day; tan solo only; just; solo que ... except that ...; viajará sólo un par de días he'll only be away for a couple of days
In the past the standard spelling for this adverb was with an accent ([sólo]). Nowadays the [Real Academia Española] advises that the accented form is only required where there might otherwise be confusion with the adjective [solo].
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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