I found the following sentence in which один occurs in a plural form and in conjunction with a plural noun. I had to deduce that it is being used in a non-numerical way, perhaps with a meaning like only.

От них у меня одни неприятности.

That being the case, is this considered an adverb or a particle?

Also, is it on the level of только or всего, and if so, does it bear the same sentential stress that these words would in a similar sentence? Or does it bear a secondary stress like a number would?

  • "От них у меня один неприятности." is ungrammatical
    – Anixx
    Dec 30, 2015 at 16:22
  • It's a typo. There should be одни.
    – Abakan
    Dec 30, 2015 at 16:25
  • oops, my mistake...
    – CocoPop
    Dec 30, 2015 at 16:26
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    It's best to think of один as an adjective that sometimes has the properties of a noun. The endings are adjectival in most cases too. Also "one" is singular, only etc, in extended form, no? —extended meanings
    – VCH250
    Dec 30, 2015 at 17:05

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Here Одни is used as an adjective with the meaning close to "Nothing but", so it's in plural.

is it on the level of только or всего

Всего means rather a different thing. Только is certainly OK, but Одни sounds a bit stronger. I guess, "Nothing but" vs "Only" is a decently good analogy.

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