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How to Use "Just" in English

'Just' mainly functions as an adverb and an adjective in English. In this lesson, we will discuss how to learn and use it.

Functions of 'Just'

  • Adverb
  • Adjective

'Just' as an Adverb

As stated above, 'just' is mainly an adverb. Below, we will learn about the different kinds of adverbs it can be:

'Just' as an Adverb of Time

We can use 'just' as an adverb of time to indicate something has happened now or a few moments ago. Look below:

She went into the garage just now.

In fact, Billy Porter has just come.

Position in a Sentence

Here, 'just' mainly comes before adverbs of time or the main verbs. Check out the following examples:

Madam Paris has just left.

I just broke up with him.

'Just' as an Adverb of Manner

We use 'just' as an adverb of manner to indicate that either synonymously with 'only', or pointing out that something is exactly the way it is being said. Check out the examples below:

Just another slice of pizza, please.

Here, 'just' is used for emphasis.

Stop saying this: 'It's just in your head' to people who are struggling with depression.

Position in a Sentence

In this case, 'just' can come before determiners, adverbs, articles, and, the main verbs. Check out the examples below:

A : Would you like another drink?

B : Yes,\ just\ one more beer.

That old lady just keeps walking on my nerves.

Just so you know, I no longer talk to that bastard.

'Just' as an Adverb of Degree

When 'just' is an adverb of degree, it basically means 'almost'. Take a look at the following examples below:

This bag looks just about the right size.

Annalise has just about completed her final tasks.

Position in a Sentence

When it is an adverb of degree, it mainly comes before the main verbs or before adverbs like 'about'. Look at the examples below:

I've just about finished reading my book and I'm all ears for you.

Those shoes just suit this dress.

'Just' as an Intensifier

Sometimes, 'just' functions as an intensifier. It emphasizes what we are saying. Look at the examples below:

All of this just makes no sense.

These people just walk on my nerves every time I decide to give them another chance.

Position in a Sentence

Since 'just' here is an intensifier, it mainly comes before verbs or adjectives to emphasize them. Check out the following examples:

She's just crazy.

Just look at this beauty.

'Just' as an Adjective

Another function of 'just' is to be an adjective. Below, we will talk about its type:

'Just' as an Attributive Adjective

'Just' functions as an attributive adjective to indicate fairness. Look below:

Our aim is to live in a just society where everyone has access to different opportunities.

If one cannot imagine what a just society is, then how can they create one?

Position in a Sentence

Attributive adjectives come before nouns and modify them. Check out the examples below:

She is a just woman.

I wish I lived in a just world.


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