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Sunday, 9 September 2007

AAE 95: 'just and only'

Hi,

What's the difference between just and only?

Thanks


Hi

"Just" and "only" are really close to each other in meaning.

To mean simply or merely you can use either: I didn't mean to be rude; I was only/just trying to help.
To mean something that happened a little while ago, use just: It just started raining.
To mean an amount that is not very much, you can use both, although only is more common: I can't afford it because I only have £5. / I can't afford it because I just have £25.

Hope this helps

M

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