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I learned that if i want to say 'there is only 3people' its like this :

세명 밖에 없어요.
but why can't i just say :
세명 만 있어요.

please explain this to me .

For learning: Korean
Base language: English
Category: Other

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    The particle 밖에 means "그것 이외에는/말고는". it is used like such as "save/excepting" in English.

    세명밖에 없어요. there is no one except for 3 people.
    세명만 있어요. there is only 3 people.

    im sure you can say both :/ but i might be wrong

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