Comment nous utilisons "JUST" en anglais

How we use Just in English The English Language Coach

How We Use “JUST” In English

How we use “just” in English The word “just” is a versatile adverb in English, and its meaning can vary depending on the context. Here are some common ways “just” is used, along with examples:

  1. Only/Exactly:
    • Exemple : “I just need a few more minutes.”
    • Signification : In this context, “just” implies a small quantity or a short amount of time.
  2. Recently:
    • Exemple : “I just saw her at the grocery store.”
    • Signification : Here, “just” indicates that the action occurred a short time ago.
  3. Fairness or Equality:
    • Exemple : “That’s just not fair!”
    • Signification : “Just” can convey a sense of fairness or equality in this context.
  4. Simply/Only a Moment Ago:
    • Exemple : “He just left the room.”
    • Signification : “Just” can emphasize that an action occurred very recently.
  5. Exactly or Precisely:
    • Exemple : “It’s just what I wanted.”
    • Signification : Here, “just” emphasizes that something is exactly what was desired or expected.
  6. Barely or Only:
    • Exemple : “I just made it to the bus.”
    • Signification : In this context, “just” implies that the action was barely achieved or narrowly accomplished.

Exercise for Practice: Identify the meaning of “just” in each of the following sentences:

  1. “She arrived just in time for the meeting.”
    1. a) Only
    2. b) Recently
    3. c) Fairness or Equality
    4. d) Barely or Only
  2. “I just bought a new book.”
    1. a) Simply/Only a Moment Ago
    2. b) Exactly or Precisely
    3. c) Fairness or Equality
    4. d) Barely or Only
  3. “It’s just a short walk to the park.”
    1. a) Only
    2. b) Recently
    3. c) Simply/Only a Moment Ago
    4. d) Barely or Only
  4. “I just finished my homework.”
    1. a) Only
    2. b) Recently
    3. c) Exactly or Precisely
    4. d) Barely or Only
  5. “It’s just not worth the trouble.”
    1. a) Only
    2. b) Fairness or Equality
    3. c) Simply/Only a Moment Ago
    4. d) Barely or Only
  6.  I  just finished reading that novel last night.”
    1. a) Only/Exactly
    2. b) Recently
    3. c) Fairness or Equality
    4. d) Barely or Only
  7. “The teacher distributed the worksheets and asked us to wait for a moment; it will be just a few minutes.”
    1. a) Only/Exactly
    2. b) Recently
    3. c) Simply/Only a Moment Ago
    4. d) Barely or Only
  8. “She’s upset because she thinks the decision wasn’t just.”
    1. a) Only/Exactly
    2. b) Fairness or Equality
    3. c) Recently
    4. d) Barely or Only
  9. “I just received an email from my boss about the upcoming project deadline.”
    1. a) Simply/Only a Moment Ago
    2. b) Exactly or Precisely
    3. c) Fairness or Equality
    4. d) Barely or Only
  10. “It’s just  a short walk from my house to the grocery store.”
    1. a) Only/Exactly
    2. b) Simply/Only a Moment Ago
    3. c) Fairness or Equality
    4. d) Barely or Only

Answers:

  1. a) Only
  2. a) Simply/Only a Moment Ago
  3. a) Only
  4. b) Recently
  5. b) Fairness or Equality
  6. b) Recently
  7. c) Simply/Only a Moment Ago
  8. b) Fairness or Equality
  9. a) Simply/Only a Moment Ago
  10. a) Only/ExactlyConsultez nos cours ici     et      Our Book in English here

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