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    a mere

    Hi everyone,

    What does it mean "a mere"? Does it the same meaning with "only" ?

    Can i use "a mere" for only? For instance;

    The expenditure on cameras rose, which was only 150 dollar.
    The expenditure on cameras rose, which was a mere 150 dollar.

    These are the equal meanings?

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    #2

    Re: a mere

    "Mere" implies that it is insignificant. It is a stronger word for this purpose than "only," though "only" also indicates that the amount of money was small.

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    Re: a mere

    Your examples are unnatural.

    You can say, e.g.
    Camera prices rose by only $150.
    or
    Camera prices rose by a mere $150.
    They mean the same thing.

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    Re: a mere

    Quote Originally Posted by jammyfellow View Post
    Hi everyone,

    What does it mean "a mere" mean? Does it have the same meaning with as "only"?

    Can I use "a mere" for instead of "only"? For instance:

    The expenditure on cameras rose, which was only 150 dollar.
    The expenditure on cameras rose, which was a mere 150 dollar.

    These are Do these have the equal same meanings meaning?
    Note my amendments above, marked in red.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: a mere

    In both sentences, "dollar" should be pluralized.

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