Difference between revisions of "Expressing "that's all" with "eryi""

 
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而已 (éryǐ) comes at the end of a sentence to express that something is merely what it is. It is like saying "it's nothing more than x."
  
而已 expresses that something is merely what it is. It is like saying "it's only a test, that's all." 而已 is put at the end of the sentence to emphasis that something is just what it is.
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== Pattern with 而已 After a Noun ==
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Whenever you need to emphasize that something is just what it is and that's all, you can stick 而已 at the end of the sentence.
  
 
== Structure ==
 
== Structure ==
  
Whenever you need to emphasize that something is just what it is and nothing more, you can stick 而已 at the end of the sentence. You can also use it in combination with 仅仅,只,就,才 and so on , which means "merely," though it is optional.
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(只是 / 就是 / 才 +) Noun + 而已
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You may also see it used in combination with other words like [[仅仅]],[[只]],[[就]],[[才]] and so on.
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=== Examples ===
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* 一 杯 咖啡 <em>而已</em>,不 要 这么 感动。<span class="pinyin">Yī bēi kāfēi <em>éryǐ</em>, bù yào zhème gǎndòng.</span><span class="trans>It's just a cup of coffee, you don't need to be so moved.</span>
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* “ 一千 块 <em>而已</em> ” ?你 不要 说得 这么 容易。"<span class="pinyin">Yīqiān kuài <em>éryǐ</em>"? nǐ bùyào shuō de zhème róngyì.</span><span class="trans>"Only one thousand yuan?" Don't make it sound so easy.</span>
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* <strong>只 是</strong> 电视剧 <em>而已</em>,现实 中 可 没有 这样 的 事儿。<span class="pinyin"><strong>Zhī shì</strong> diànshìjù <em>éryǐ</em>, xiànshí zhōng kě méiyǒu zhèyàng de shìr.</span><span class="trans>It's just a TV series. There is no such thing in reality.</span>
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* <strong>才</strong> 一个 问题 <em>而已</em>,她 就 开始 生气 了。<span class="pinyin"><strong> Cái</strong> yī gè wèntí <em>éryǐ</em>, tā jiù kāishǐ shēngqì le.</span><span class="trans>There was only one problem, and she started to get angry.</span>
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* <strong>就是</strong> 一个 吻 <em>而已</em>,没有 什么 特别 的意思。<span class="pinyin"><strong>Jiùshì</strong> yī gè wěn <em>éryǐ</em>, méiyǒu shénme tèbié de yìsi.</span><span class="trans>It was just a kiss. It didn't mean anything special.</span>
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== Pattern with 而已 After a Longer Phrase ==
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Whenever you need to emphasize that something is just what it is and that's all, you can stick 而已 at the end of the sentence.
  
Subj. + Verb + Obj. + 而已
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=== Structure ===
  
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Subj. + (只是 / 就是 / 才 / 仅仅 +) Verb + Obj. + 而已
 
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Again, words like [[仅仅]],[[只]],[[就]],[[才]] are optional, and add more emphasis.
  
 
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* 他 <strong>只 </strong> 开 个 玩笑 <em>而已</em>,不 要 当 真。<span class="pinyin">Tā <strong>zhǐ shì</strong> kāi gè wánxiào <em>éryǐ</em>, bùyào dàngzhēn.</span><span class="trans>He's only joking; don't take it seriously.</span>
* 他 <strong>只</strong> 开 个 玩笑 <em>而已</em>,不 要 当 真。<span class="pinyin">Tā <strong>zhǐ</strong> shì kāi gè wánxiào <em>éryǐ</em>, bùyào dàngzhēn.</span><span class="trans></span>
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* 你 <strong>才</strong> 喝 了 一 瓶 啤酒 <em>而已</em>,怎么 会 喝 醉 了 呢?<span class="pinyin">Nǐ <strong>cái</strong> hēle yī píng píjiǔ <em>éryǐ</em>, zěnme huì hē zuìle ne?</span><span class="trans>You only drank one bottle of beer, h. How could you be drunk?</span>
* 你 <strong>才</strong> 喝 了 一 瓶 啤酒 <em>而已</em>,怎么 会 喝 醉 了 呢?<span class="pinyin">Nǐ <strong>cái</strong> hēle yī píng píjiǔ <em>éryǐ</em>, zěnme huì hē zuìle ne?</span><span class="trans></span>
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* 这 次 会议 没有 达成 具体 的 方案,<strong>仅仅</strong> 是 在 这 个 问题 上 达成 了 共识 <em>而已</em>。<span class="pinyin">Zhè cì huìyì méiyǒu dáchéng jùtǐ de fāng'àn, <strong>jǐnjǐn</strong> shì zài zhège wèntí shàng dáchéngle gòngshì <em>éryǐ</em>.</span><span class="trans>This meeting did not produce a specific plan of action, only an agreement that there was an issue.</span>
* 这 次 会议 没有 达成 具体 的 方案,<strong>仅仅</strong> 是 在 这 个 问题 上 达成 了 共识 <em>而已</em>。<span class="pinyin">Zhè cì huìyì méiyǒu dáchéng jùtǐ de fāng'àn, <strong>jǐnjǐn</strong> shì zài zhè gè wèntí shàng dáchéngle gòngshì <em>éryǐ</em>.</span><span class="trans></span>
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* <strong>仅仅</strong> 是 打了 一 个 电话 <em>而已</em>,我 没有 帮 什么 忙。<span class="pinyin"><strong>Jǐnjǐn</strong> shì dǎ le yī gè diànhuà <em>éryǐ</em>, wǒ méiyǒu bāng shénme máng.</span><span class="trans>All I did was was make a phone call. I didn't help much.</span>
* 这 辆 车 没 什么 特别,它 <strong></strong> 辆 普通 的 汽车 <em>而已</em>。<span class="pinyin">Zhè liàng chē méishénme tèbié, tā <strong>jiù</strong> shì liàng pǔtōng de qìchē <em>éryǐ</em>.</span><span class="trans></span>
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* 这 辆 车 没 什么 特别 ,它 <strong>就是</strong> 辆 普通 的 汽车 <em>而已</em>。<span class="pinyin">Zhè liàng chē méi shénme tèbié, tā <strong>jiùshì</strong> liàng pǔtōng de qìchē <em>éryǐ</em>.</span><span class="trans>This car is nothing special, it's just an ordinary car.</span>
 
 
 
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Latest revision as of 08:38, 21 November 2020

而已 (éryǐ) comes at the end of a sentence to express that something is merely what it is. It is like saying "it's nothing more than x."

Pattern with 而已 After a Noun

Whenever you need to emphasize that something is just what it is and that's all, you can stick 而已 at the end of the sentence.

Structure

(只是 / 就是 / 才 +) Noun + 而已

You may also see it used in combination with other words like 仅仅 and so on.

Examples

  • 一 杯 咖啡 而已,不 要 这么 感动。Yī bēi kāfēi éryǐ, bù yào zhème gǎndòng.It's just a cup of coffee, you don't need to be so moved.
  • “ 一千 块 而已 ” ?你 不要 说得 这么 容易。"Yīqiān kuài éryǐ"? nǐ bùyào shuō de zhème róngyì."Only one thousand yuan?" Don't make it sound so easy.
  • 只 是 电视剧 而已,现实 中 可 没有 这样 的 事儿。Zhī shì diànshìjù éryǐ, xiànshí zhōng kě méiyǒu zhèyàng de shìr.It's just a TV series. There is no such thing in reality.
  • 一个 问题 而已,她 就 开始 生气 了。 Cái yī gè wèntí éryǐ, tā jiù kāishǐ shēngqì le.There was only one problem, and she started to get angry.
  • 就是 一个 吻 而已,没有 什么 特别 的意思。Jiùshì yī gè wěn éryǐ, méiyǒu shénme tèbié de yìsi.It was just a kiss. It didn't mean anything special.

Pattern with 而已 After a Longer Phrase

Whenever you need to emphasize that something is just what it is and that's all, you can stick 而已 at the end of the sentence.

Structure

Subj. + (只是 / 就是 / 才 / 仅仅 +) Verb + Obj. + 而已

Again, words like 仅仅 are optional, and add more emphasis.

Examples

  • 只 是 开 个 玩笑 而已,不 要 当 真。zhǐ shì kāi gè wánxiào éryǐ, bùyào dàngzhēn.He's only joking; don't take it seriously.
  • 喝 了 一 瓶 啤酒 而已,怎么 会 喝 醉 了 呢?cái hēle yī píng píjiǔ éryǐ, zěnme huì hē zuìle ne?You only drank one bottle of beer, h. How could you be drunk?
  • 这 次 会议 没有 达成 具体 的 方案,仅仅 是 在 这 个 问题 上 达成 了 共识 而已Zhè cì huìyì méiyǒu dáchéng jùtǐ de fāng'àn, jǐnjǐn shì zài zhège wèntí shàng dáchéngle gòngshì éryǐ.This meeting did not produce a specific plan of action, only an agreement that there was an issue.
  • 仅仅 是 打了 一 个 电话 而已,我 没有 帮 什么 忙。Jǐnjǐn shì dǎ le yī gè diànhuà éryǐ, wǒ méiyǒu bāng shénme máng.All I did was was make a phone call. I didn't help much.
  • 这 辆 车 没 什么 特别 ,它 就是 辆 普通 的 汽车 而已Zhè liàng chē méi shénme tèbié, tā jiùshì liàng pǔtōng de qìchē éryǐ.This car is nothing special, it's just an ordinary car.

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