Correct usage of just

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Just has several meanings.


Just is used with a verb to indicate the immediate past.

Just can also emphasise the idea of at the present or close to the present.

Note that just now can mean either at this moment or a few moments ago, depending on the tense.


Just can mean only.

In some contexts the meaning is more like scarcely.

This meaning can be emphasised by only.


Just often means exactly.


When just means a moment ago, a present perfect tense is most common in British English.

In American English, a past tense is common in this case.

When just now means a moment ago, it is used with a past tense in both British and American English.

See also

Just, already and yet

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