Is it correct to use "only" here?

A: The movie was a bore. How did you even tolerate it ?!

B: It was good only.

The "only" here is used to imply "it wasn't that bad, it was tolerable"

This when translated to Hindi, would make perfect sense. In fact there is where I guess this was derived from; Indians literally translating Hindi to English.


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"How was the movie? Was it great?"
"I wouldn't say it was great. It was only good." (But "merely" would be less awkward in this case).


"That move was so boring. How could you stand watching it?"
"I wouldn't say it was a total waste. It wasn't brilliant either."
"Are you serious?"
"Yeah. All in all, it was a pretty good effort. Nothing to rave about, but pretty good."
"You liked it, then."
"Sort of."
"You think it was great."
"No. I didn't say that. I think it was merely good."

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