# Thread: the opposite of "only"

1. ## the opposite of "only"

Dear all,
If you say, "there were only 200 people in the audience", it means you think the number is small.

Then, what do you say when you want to emphasize the number is large?

If there's an opposite of "only", it would be easy. However, I don't know any of such word.

Thank you!

OP

2. ## Re: the opposite of "only"

Originally Posted by optimistic pessimist
Dear all,
If you say, "there were only 200 people in the audience", it means you think the number is small.

Then, what do you say when you want to emphasize the number is large?

If there's an opposite of "only", it would be easy. However, I don't know any of such word.

Thank you!

OP
"As many as", it's not one word but it means what you want to say.

3. ## Re: the opposite of "only"

Originally Posted by optimistic pessimist
Dear all,
If you say, "there were only 200 people in the audience", it means you think the number is small.
Then, what do you say when you want to emphasize the number is large?
If there were exactly 200 people, you can say something like 'There were a lot of people in the audience, 200 to be exact.'

If there were about 200 people, you can say something like 'There were a lot of people in the audience, perhaps 200 or more.
If there's an opposite of "only", it would be easy. However, I don't know any of such word. I don't know of one either.Thank you!

OP
2006

4. ## Re: the opposite of "only"

Perhaps "fully"?

5. ## Re: the opposite of "only"

Originally Posted by bhaisahab
"As many as", it's not one word but it means what you want to say.
You can also say 'at least' or 'not less than'.

6. ## Re: the opposite of "only"

Originally Posted by konungursvia
Perhaps "fully"?
Yes, I didn't think of that. It's perhaps a bit dated as an expression, "fully 200 people/persons", but it certainly works.

7. ## Re: the opposite of "only"

Originally Posted by 2006
You can also say 'at least' or 'not less than'.
Yes, that's true.

8. ## Re: the opposite of "only"

Originally Posted by konungursvia
Perhaps "fully"?
Wow, thanks. I've been looking for this word for years.

9. ## Re: the opposite of "only"

Okay, then you must be very grateful, so why not send me some Polish sausages. :)

10. ## Re: the opposite of "only"

Oh, you don't want them... You probably have better Polish sausages in Canada than we do here in Poland. I hear Canadian Polonia is very traditional so I guess they won't play those dirty tricks on sausage that are so popular here! It's so sh**e these days...

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