1. (specific action)
¿Pensaron ya si vienen a la playa? Solo pregunto para saber cuántos carros necesitaremos.Have you already decided whether you're coming to the beach? I'm only asking to know how many cars we'll need.
¿Te vas a comprar esta falda? Solo pregunto porque es muy cara.Are you going to buy this skirt? I'm just asking becaue it's very expensive.
2. (habitual or potential action)
a. I only ask
Solo pregunto cuando de verdad quiero saber la respuesta. No pregunto por preguntar.I only ask when I really want to hear the answer. I don't ask just for the sake of it.
b. I just ask
¿No lo sabes? - Claro que no. Solo pregunto lo que no sé.Don't you know? - Of course I don't. I just ask about what I don't know.
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