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Saying “Only I [do X]”, “Only I [like X]”, and “I am the only [Y] who [does/likes X]”

I've been digging through my reference books and Google searches, but I'm not getting anywhere with this. For "Only I [do X]", can the subject of the sentence simply be 私だけは? 私だけは電車で魚を食べます。 "...
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What does it mean to end a sentence with ひとつだけ?

I came across a sentence that ends with ひとつだけ in a book and searching on jisho gave me zero results (https://jisho.org/search/ひとつだけ); nor did searching for the individual parsing of what I remember ...
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What does ことだけ mean in general?

According to this, "noun + の + こと" mostly means "regarding noun" when it is used. By adding a だけ to the end, (so that it's now "noun + の + こと + だけ") does this change the meaning to something else, ...
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Usage of だけ and しか

I've been wondering about the different usages of しか and だけ. I understand that the first one emphasizes the feelings of the speaker, negatively or positively. だけ is usually used with a positive verb (...
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Does だけ necessarily carry a negative connotation?

I was praised by my tutor for the progress I'd made myself thus far, but somehow the message just seemed to carry a strange negative connotation to me. Here's the part where I found a tad off: ...
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What does それだけかかってしまうんですね in this conversation mean?

I found this conversation from a Japanese learning website and I don't understand a phrase here. Please help! Question: What does それだけかかってしまうんですね mean here? Does だけ here imply that that the fee ...
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Is 足りるだけ with a negative verb idiomatic?

I've encountered sentences like: 「皆【みんな】に足【た】りるだけの椅子【いす】がありません」and 「皆に足りるだけのコーヒーがありません」. In English, we wouldn't say, "There aren't just enough chairs," except perhaps as, "There barely ...
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What's the role of だけの in this sentence?

彼らは工場を建設するだけの資金を持っている。 The translation on Jisho is: "They have enough capital to build a second factory."
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Understanding ってだけで in this sentence

Dad suspects that his daughter's good looking teacher might not be as popular as everyone thinks. When asked why, he responds: Dad:「とかく美人はなんやかんや言われるからなァ」 Because various things are said about ...