What's the difference between 只 and 才？When should I use 只 and when 才？Can you give me some example? Thank you
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)
- And I would add for example 2b : we can also consider that 才 precedes the amount of purchased goods (这个) so the meaning is also "less goods than expected"
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。》
- more objective, less feelings . Beware , concerning the other sentences, 只买 只到 would not be correct. It's definitely 才买 才到 .
frequently used : 只有 the amount is little 只是 the level is low