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Level 16: Dating (Grammar)

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(jiù) then; as soon as; in that case; so; will [ADVERB]

就 is a very important adverb in Chinese that has no direct translation in English. It has many complex uses!

In general, 就 is used to emphasize or to connect the relationship between two statements. One of these statements is an verb (which 就 modifies), and it is in some way a response to the preceding or following statement.

Specifically, we've learned how to use 就 in the following contexts:

1. to emphasize that the second action happens as soon as the first action is completed
> 他今天早上起床以后就听中文录音了。

2. to emphasize that the connection between two actions is a causal /conditional relationship
> 开始我觉得中文很难,后来,王朋常常帮我练习中文,就觉得不难了。

3. to emphasize truth, definitiveness, or exactness [in the context of the current topic or conversation]
> Q:常老师在吗?A:我就是常老师。

4. to emphasize the (unexpected) promptness of an action
> 他明天七点就得上课。

5. to emphasize that "only" a limited number of a noun or pronoun is present. 就 here is used before a noun or a pronoun, and often the noun or pronoun is modified by a numeral-measure word combination.
[*NOTE: 就 is still acting as an adverb here, even though it comes directly before a noun... the rest of the statement is implied in context].
> 我们班人很少,就七个学生 [在班里]。

See the Chinese Grammar Wiki for more details: