Confusing WordsVocabulary

Confusing English Words – just / only

Confusing English Words – just / only

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just / only

:The word “just” has several possible definitions


Be careful – I just washed the floor, and it’s still wet. (= I washed the floor a few minutes ago)
He just finished a big project. (= he finished the project very recently)


I have just one brother. (= I have only one brother)
I thought you were hungry, but you ate just half of your sandwich. (= you ate only half of your sandwich, and no more)

:The word only can be replaced with “just” in most situations

.Only two students came to class on the day before Christmas. = Just two students came to class on the day before Christmas
.My kids only use the internet for schoolwork, not for playing games. = My kids just use the internet for schoolwork, not for playing games

:In the expression “If only…” you can use “just” if you change the structure a little bit

.If only I had studied harder. I would’ve passed the test. = If I had just studied harder, I would’ve passed the test

.Only and just are interchangeable with definition 2 of “just,” but not with definition 1

Definition 2 – Same meaning

.We have just one daughter. = We have only one daughter

Definition 1 – Different meanings

I just washed the floor (a few minutes ago)
I only washed the floor (and I didn’t wash the table or anything else)

:Whether just means recently or only depends on the context

?Did you clean the whole house
.No, I just washed the floor. (= I only washed the floor)

?Why is the floor wet
Because I just washed it. (= I recently washed it. In this case, you can’t use “only”)

:When you use just with a verb, the word order matters

I just ate two pieces of pizza. ( = I recently ate two pieces of pizza)
I ate just two pieces of pizza. ( = I ate only two pieces, not 3 or 4 or 5)
I just bought a new book. (= I recently bought a new book)
I bought just one new book. (= I bought only one new book, not two or more)

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