only: ✓ only ✗ unique

By | March 13, 2017
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There is no recipe to be a great teacher, that’s what is unique about them.
Non c’è nessuna ricetta per essere un grande insegnante; è quello che li rende unici.
- Robert Sternberg
✓ This is the only solution.
✗ This is the *unique* solution.
Questa è l'unica soluzione.
Only indicates something or someone that is or was true, appropriate, possible or necessary in a certain situation:
✓ The only way to improve your English is to practise.
✗ The *unique* way to improve your English is to practise.
L’unico modo di migliorare l’inglese è esercitarsi.
Unique indicates something or someone that is or was completely original and doesn't or didn't exist anywhere else - the only one of its kind (l'unico nel suo genere):
✓ He has a unique collection of medals.
Ha una collezione unica di medaglie.
Notice the difference between:
✓ You're not the only one. (= there are others like you)
Non sei l'unico.
and
✓ You're not unique. (= you're nothing special)
Non sei unico.

Now try the quiz below! There are TEN answers. The pass mark is 90% (9 out of 10). Click on the blue arrows to go to the next or previous question. You can check your answers immediately or when you've finished the quiz.

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