Commonly Confused Words in English: ONLY & JUST

Only vs. Just - Are they the same or different? ...


Only

  • The word ‘only’ can be used in various ways and depending on the context the meaning of the word changes.
  • It can be an adjective, and adverb and a conjunction.

ONLY MEANS:

1. Recently (adjective)

E.g. I finished my homework only an hour ago.

2. Single in superiority or distinction; unique; the best (adverb)

E.g. Mozart was only five when he started composing.

       I only expect you to listen to what I have to say.

       It's only an idea.

3. Having no sibling or no sibling of the same sex (adverb)

E.g. I’m an only child. I don’t have any siblings.
       I think it is an advantage to be an only child.

4. Only one/once

E.g.This is the only car I’ve ever owned.
      This is the only photograph I have of my great grandfather.
      Only you can understand me.

5. 'Only' can also be used as a conjunction it can be used instead of 'but'.

E.g. We both live in the same city only I live closer to the sea.
       He's got a great sense of humour only he drinks too much.

JUST

  • Mostly 'just' is used to mean 'a short time ago'

JUST MEANS:

1. Very recently

E.g. I’ve (only just) just woken up.

2. Guided bytruth,reason,justice,andfairness (adjective)

E.g. We hopetobejustinourunderstandingofsuchdifficultsituations.

3. Basically

E.g. He’s just an idiot. Don’t listen to a word he says.

4. At the exact time

E.g. Gosia called me just as I arrived at the airport.

5. Any moment now

E.g. I was just about to do that.

6. ‘Just’ also means 'exactly' / Exactly or precisely (adverb)

E.g. This is just (exactly) what I wanted to do.

       This is just what I needed.

7. Actually; really; positively (adverb)

E.g. This summer day is just so beautiful.

*** In this case 'just' cannot be replaced by 'only'.

E.g. I’ve just spoken to Harry about the proposals.

JUST or ONLY

  • Simply

- I only wanted to ask a quick question.

- I just wanted to ask a quick question.

  • Only reason

- He only calls me when he needs help.

- He just calls me when he needs help.

  • Less that I want

- I have just a few chocolates left.

- I have only a few chocolates left.

  • When 'only' is used as an adverb is can be replaced by 'just'.

- Mozart was only five when he started composing.

- Mozart was just five when he started composing. etc.

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