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只有...才...
zhǐ yǒu ... cái ...
phr. only if..., then...
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This structure indicates that a result cannot be reached without the condition given. 只有 is used in the first clause indicating the condition. The adverb 才 is used is the second clause, after the subject (if there is one) indicating the result. Examples:
E.g. 1只有虚心学习,才能进步。 [phr] Only if one studies modestly can they go forward.
E.g. 2企业只有制定有利的计划,才能提高生产效率。 [phr] Only by developing a favourable plan can the production efficiency be improved.
After 只有, it can be nouns, Verb-object phrases or Subject-predicate phrases, etc.
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