- 不过 [bù guò]
- （只; 仅仅）only; just; merely; nothing but; no more than:
no more than a smoke screen; 不过是个烟幕
He was only seventeen when he joined the army. 他参军时不过17岁。- （用在后半句的开头，表示转折） but; nevertheless; however; only; except that:- （用在形容词性的词组或双音形容词后面，表示程度最高）:
Some of our staff are to be dismissed, but I hasten to add you won't be among them.
This is only one instance out of many.
If you consider that she has only been studying English for six months, she speaks it very well.
Don't scold him; he is a mere child.
She's a mere child.
Your hope of promotion is a mere delusion.
Pretending to faint was merely (an) artifice.
The meeting was scheduled for two hours, but it is now over yet.