English lesson: just
Two uses I can think of.
just + noun
It is another word for 'only'.
Just this please. (You only want the thing you're holding)
Just one please. (You only want one thing)
Just a moment. (You are asking the person to wait for only one moment)
When there is a noun directly with the verb (ate a sandwich, drank a beer) the combination of:
Just + verb + noun = only
I just had one drink. (You only had one drink)
We just ate two biscuits. (Here, only two biscuits were eaten).
Just + verb
Here you're saying the verb has been completed very recently.
I just sat down.
We just arrived.
She just finished eating.
To add emphasis to the 'just' you can add 'only'.
I only just sat down.
We only just arrived.
She only just finished eating.
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