The Difference Between ‘Only’ and ‘Just’ for EFL Students

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There are many aspects of English where two options are possible… but not always!

So what is the difference between ‘only’ and ‘just’?

  • solely
  • very recently
  • solely
  1. SOLELY (‘just’ and ‘only’):
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I ate only/just one cookie.

2. VERY RECENTLY (‘just” but NOT ‘only’)

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I’ve just seen Luana in the street.

If you memorise the rule about “solely” and “very recently” meanings, you should be able to always remember how to use these two words correctly.



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