Merely, Barely, Nothing more than, Only then, Only to, Except that, Only that, Not only but also/even 僅僅/只是/只不過(英文的意思和用法

only to

used for saying that what happens next is disappointing or unpleasant
只不過卻
I tore open the box, only to discover that some of the parts were missing. (表達出失望)

nothing more than 就只有(比 only 更強的語氣

only to, except that, only that

這兩個字千變萬化…,這邊記錄一下「只不過卻」VS「只不過」VS「要不是/但是」VS 「除了」的特殊用法:


只不過 except that = only that: (字典找不到)
He is a good student, except that he sometimes says foul language. (所以他仍然是好學生)
This suit fits me well except that the trousers are too long.
His account is correct, except that some details are omitted.

except (for/that): used to give a reason why something is not possible or true。
此用法指出前句的事情沒發生,因此在寫過去的事情時要使用「完成式」,寫未來的事就沒差。
要不是: They would all have died except for [=but for] her and her quick thinking. [=it was only because of her that they did not die] (他們沒死)
但是: I want to go, except that I’m tired. (他沒去)
We would like go, except (that) it’s too far. (我們沒去)

除了 except (連接詞):used to introduce a statement that indicates the only person or thing that is not included in or referred to by a previous statement
這是 except 的正常用法,可以和 but 互換,作為連接詞,前面加什麼後面就加什麼。此外,他還能加個介詞來用。
He does nothing except [=but] complain. (動詞 except 動詞)
She didn’t leave the house all weekend, except to go to church.
Employees were not allowed to leave except in an emergency. [=unless there was an emergency]
Take no orders except from me. [=take orders only from me]
Everyone was invited except for [=but] me.

only to 只不過卻(gorge 狂咽,pang 劇痛
only then will 只有等到那時 (因為 only 而倒裝
it is only then that 只有等到那時 ( 強調語氣
first, and only then can 只有等到那時 (因為 only 而倒裝
once …, then and only then can … 只有等到那時 (因為 only 而倒裝,這邊是 once 做連接副詞

Not Only but Also

not only sth but also sth 不只…而且( but 為連接詞,前後一置
not only but even 不只,甚至
not only … but sentence 不只…而且(在 but 將 sth 提到 also 前面,就能乎視前後一置規則,加入另一個句子。
not only sentence but sentence 不只…而且(倒裝強調句形
not only that…, but that

Practice

only to discover 只不過卻發現
not only adj but also adj 不只…而且( but 為連接詞,前後一置
not only V but also V 不只…而且( but 為連接詞,前後一置
not only adv but also adv 不只…而且( but 為連接詞,前後一置 ms drug 自體免疫的藥
not only sentence but also … 不只…而且(but 為連接詞,前後一置