2 used for showing that a statement does not apply to anything or anyone else except the person, thing, action, place, etc. that you are mentioning
Everyone promised they would come, but in the end only Ted and Jack showed up.
The flowers grow wild only on the island of Maui.
She wouldn’t say where she was going – she only said she’d be back as soon as she could.
I only design the dresses, I don’t actually make them.
Only in this house do I feel safe and secure.
Nowadays she performs only on very special occasions.
They were being nice to Charlie only because they didn’t want to hurt his feelings.
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