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only or just

Unread postby Rina » 30 Dec 2009, 09:12

Hi
can anyone tell me the differenz between only and just? For example I say:
He's only 20 years old.
Can I also say:
He's just t 20 years old?
I not why?
Thanky for your help in advance
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Re: only or just

Unread postby DavidB » 05 Jan 2010, 04:46

In your examples they are the same thing. Often only and just are the same thing.

However, the difference is that just is informal and should only be used in conversation. I teach my students to never write just.

Example:

The new television is just for DVDs and not VHS.

This is OK in conversation, but unacceptable in formal writing.

In conversation just is very popular, and often much better than only. For example, it would sound strange if Lady Gaga said "Only Dance."

Hope that helps

Dave
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Re: only or just

Unread postby Rina » 07 Jan 2010, 11:33

Yes it helped, indeed!
Thank you Dave
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Re: only or just

Unread postby DavidB » 09 Jan 2010, 23:05

No problem, I hope you have a better idea of how they work now.

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