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  1. 1
    used for saying that you would like a situation to be different

    If only we could afford to buy a place of our own.

    If only you knew how hard I’ve tried to please you.

    There’s so much more I could do if only I had the time.

  2. 2
    used for saying that when something good happens, it may only be for a limited purpose, time etc

    I wish he’d come round and see us sometime, if only just to say hello.

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