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    just / only

    "just and only" have the same meaning..
    can you teachers show me the examples of when to use "just" ,and when to use "only" specifically ???

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    Re: just / only

    Quote Originally Posted by alan
    "just and only" have the same meaning..
    can you teachers show me the examples of when to use "just" ,and when to use "only" specifically ???
    They can have the same meaning, but not always.

    1. We only have a little more to do, and then we'll be finished.
    2. We just have a little more to do, and then we'll be finished.
    In these two sentences, they have the same meaning.
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    We just finished. - just - meaning "recently, not long ago"

    We only finished. - only - meaning "That's all we did. We did nothing more than finish."

    We only had breakfast, not lunch. - breakfast and nothing more

    We just had breakfast, not lunch. - breakfast and nothing more

    We just had breakfast a little while ago. - recently

    1. We just had breakfast. - recently
    2. We just had breakfast. - only breakfast
    Context would determine which meaning to apply.


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    Re: just / only

    We just had dinner only!

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