What's the difference between 只 and 才? When should I use 只 and when 才?
Can you give me some examples please?
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All these explanations come from:
"只" If you use 只(only), that means the amount is little. It's just an objective description.
"才" ...you'll see that used in the sense of "more than expected", 才 follows the amount or time; [b] and if 才 precedes the amount or time, the amount or time has the sense of "less than expected". [a]
1.a 从这里到邮局才三分钟 (才 precedes the amount of time) 1.b 车开了三十分钟才到。(才 follows the amount of time)
2.a 我们去玩儿了两天，才花了一百块 (才 precedes the amount of money ) 2.b 我一共花了三百块才买到这个。(才 follows the amount of money)
wordreference, same link again : 《 However, if we look at the word 只, usage is possible in the following manner: 从这里到邮局只需要三分钟 -- need to add in words like 需要, 用.// 我们去玩儿了两天，只花了一百块。》
frequently used : 只有 the amount is little 只是 the level is low