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    Question what is the different between only & just

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nader75
    what is the different between
    only & just
    Hello Nader,
    It would help me to answer you better if I knew the context in which you wish to use these words. For instance, "just" can be used as an adjective or an adverb. There are 6 different adjectival meanings according to my American Heritage Dictionary and 8 adverbial meanings. Do you want a listing of all of them??
    For "only" there are also both adjectival and adverbial meanings.
    There are some cases when the adverbial meanings overlap:
    a.) when they mean "merely": I just meant that I agree. I only meant that I agree.
    b.) when they mean "a moment ago": He only arrived few minutes ago. He just arrived.
    c.) "just" is defined as meaning "precisely, exactly": just one teaspoonful. However, "only" may also be used in this context: only one teaspoonful. They both indicate using exactly that amount, no more and no less.
    d.) "only" is defined as meaning "exclusively, solely": These are facts known only to us. However, once again, "just" can be substituted here: These are facts known just to us.

    There are more meanings and examples that can be given. Please let us know if this helps you or if you require further clarification. Sample sentences showing us the context/usage of the words is very helpful!

    Thank you!
    Sweet Momma Sue


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    Re: what is the different between only & just

    Thank you SweetMS

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