The word “just” can be used in a lot of different ways.

Today I want to teach you two ways that you can use “just.”


The First Way

The first way to use the word “just” is as a more advanced filler word.

We often say, “I just wanted to let you know…” to say something quick and spontaneous.

The part that is in italics is the filler expression.

You can say the whole sentence without the italicized expression and it makes sense… but it’s not as natural.

Try to say these sentences with the italicized part and then without it. You can see that the italicized expression sounds much more natural.

For example:

  • I just wanted to let you know that you have some green food in your teeth.
  • Because there’s a national holiday this weekend, I just wanted to tell you that the store will be closed for two days.
  • I opened the window because I just thought that it would be nice to have some fresh air.
  • This dress isn’t new. It’s just something that I haven’t worn for a while.
  • I just wanted to say that it’s just difficult to remember new expressions because I just can’t focus.

**Remember, if this way of using “just” seems too complex, don’t worry! I recommend watching my video about how to learn new expressions.


The Second Way

The second way to use “just” is a little simpler because it means “recently.”

The next time that you want to use “recently,” try to use “just” instead!

  • I just watched Vanessa’s English video!
  • He just called me this morning.
  • Even though I just met her five minutes ago, I already forgot her name!
  • Did you just say my name? I thought that I heard it.


Now It’s Your Turn

In the comments below, write a sentence using the word “just.”

You can use the first meaning or the second meaning, but this is your chance to use English!

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