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只有 zhǐ yǒu / 才 cái: Meaning and Pronunciation / HSK 3

只有 (zhǐ yǒu) / 才 (cái) English Meaning

  • only if… then…

Traditional Characters: 隻有 / 才

只 forms words in:

有 forms words in:

HSK 1, HSK 3, HSK 4, HSK 5 and HSK 6.  CLICK HERE to jump to the list.

才 forms words in:

HSK 3, HSK 5 and HSK 6.  CLICK HERE to jump to the list.

Sample Sentences 只有 zhǐ yǒu

  • 我们只有茶水。
    Wǒmen zhǐyǒu cháshuǐ.
    We only have tea.
  • 只有一条浴巾。
    Zhǐyǒu yītiáo yùjīn.
    There is only one bath towel.
  • 我家只有三口人。
    Wǒjiā zhǐyǒu sānkǒu rén.
    There are only three people in my family.
  • 只有你才做得到。
    Zhǐyǒu nǐ cái zuò dédào.
    You’re the only one who can do it.
  • 你只有靠诉讼了。
    Nǐ zhǐyǒu kào sùsòngle.
    Your only recourse is legal action.
  • 你只有两个选项。
    Nǐ zhǐyǒu liǎng gè xuǎnxiàng.
    You only have two options.

Sample Sentences 才cái

  • 现在才中午。
    Xiànzài cái zhōngwǔ.
    It is just noon.
  • 你走了他才来。
    Nǐ zǒule tā cái lái.
    He came just after you left.
  • 他老婆很有才。
    Tā lǎopó hěn yǒu cái.
    His wife is quite a talented woman.
  • 我才不信你呢!
    Wǒ cái bùxìn nǐ ne!
    I can’t believe a word you say.
  • 只有你才做得到。
    Zhǐyǒu nǐ cái zuò dédào.
    You’re the only one who can do it.
  • 我们才刚搬进来。
    Wǒmen cáigāng bān jìnlái.
    We just moved in.

Stroke Order & Character Components

只 (zhǐ): only; merely; just; but

  • 口 (kǒu): mouth
  • 丶 (zhǔ): stroke

有 (yǒu): to have; there is; there are; to exist; to be

  • 𠂇: hand
  • 月 (yuè): moon

才 (cái): ability; talent; somebody of a certain type; a capable individual; only; only then; just now

  • -: unidentified strokes
  • 手 (shǒu): hand

Links to all HSK Words & Lists Containing 只

HSK 3 Word List

HSK 4 Word List

Links to all HSK Words & Lists Containing 有

HSK 1 Word List

  • 没有(méi yǒu):  haven’t; hasn’t; doesn’t exist; to not have; to not be; 
  • 有(yǒu): to have; there is; there are; to exist; to be

HSK 3 Word List

HSK 4 Word List

HSK 5 Word List

  • 有利(yǒu lì): advantageous; to have advantages; favorable

HSK 6 Word List

  • 固有(gù yǒu): intrinsic to something; inherent; native
  • 津津有味(jīn jīn yǒu wèi): with keen interest pleasure (idiom); with gusto; to relish; eagerly; with great interest
  • 岂有此理(qǐ yǒu cǐ lǐ): how can this be so? (idiom); preposterous; ridiculous; absurd
  • 拥有(yōng yǒu): to have; to possess
  • 有条不紊(yǒu tiáo bù wěn): regular and thorough (idiom); methodically arranged

*CL: Classifier/Measure Word

Links to all HSK Words & Lists Containing 才

HSK 3 Word List

HSK 5 Word List

  • 人才(rén cái): a person’s talent; talented person; distinguished person; a talent (worth head-hunting); person’s looks; an attractive woman; used interchangeably with 人材; CL: 個|个(gè)

HSK 6 Word List

*CL: Classifier/Measure Word

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