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    Marriage

    thanks for your reply.

    what i was trying to say was 'when you reach the age of thirties, you'll only think of getting married' or '...,your mind will only be occupied by the idea of marriage'
    i'm unsure with the second sentence,but i would like to take risk.feel free to correct me.

    i thought merely and only are interchangeable?

    waiting for your reply,thanks in advance.

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    Re: Marriage

    You'll be obsesed/preoccupied with marriage? (The words "merely" and "only" are not interchangeable.)

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    Re: Marriage

    Hello

    Could anyone explain to me the differences between those two words 'merely' and 'only'?
    Plus, could you please insert some examples of usage for those words as RonBee stated that they weren't interchangeable.(I thought they were)

    thank you.

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    Re: Marriage

    only = and no one or nothing more besides

    It is only right that he goes to school.

    merely = emphasizes that you mean exactly what you are saying and nothing more

    I merely said it was a good thing that he is going to school.

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    Re: Marriage

    Is it right to assume that 'merely' is somehow equivalent to 'just'?

    thanks

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    Smile Re: Marriage

    i'm also an english learning student and i think ur two sentences are ok!

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    Re: Marriage

    Quote Originally Posted by Kazuki View Post
    Is it right to assume that 'merely' is somehow equivalent to 'just'?
    Sometimes they are. Examples:
    He is merely a child.
    He is just a child.

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