What is the difference in part of speech, meaning, and usage between ‘만’, ‘뿐’, and ‘밖에’?

1 Answer 1


Both '만' and '뿐' mean 'only', but I'd have to say I hear '만' a lot more. '뿐' also sounds slightly more negative in some contexts.

밖에 actually means 'apart from' or 'outside' is generally used with the verb '없다'.

Let's look at some examples:

나는 파란색 만 있어. // I only have the blue one.

Notice the verb is '있다'.

나는 파란색 밖에 없어. // I don't have any apart from the blue one.

The verb used here is '없다'.

내 여름 휴가는 오직 1주일 뿐이야. / I only have a week of summer vacation.

Here you can clearly see the speaker is dissatisfied with the amount of weeks that they have for their vacation.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.