Exercise 1 - Match the sentences on the left with the uses of the adverb just on the right.
|1.||This is just right.||a||equally, no less|
|2.||We've got just enough.||b||now, in a moment|
|3.||She left just as I was leaving.||c||a very short time ago|
|4.||This one is just as good as that one.||d||exactly|
|5.||It started just after eight.||e||to show a small possibility|
|6.||Mike? I think he's just left.||f||with none to spare|
|7.||I'm just coming.||g||to get someone's attention|
|8.||Why don't you just tell the truth?||h||only|
|9.||There is just one thing I've got to say!||i||simply|
|10.||Don't you just love||j||agreeing with somebody|
|11.||Just come over here, will you!||k||a little, a short time|
|12.||Could you just wait a second please?||l||at the same moment|
|13.||He might just still be in the office||m||in polite requests|
|14.||Lovely day, isn't it? - Isn't it just?||n||really, absolutely|
Collocations and idiomatic use
Exercise 2 - Complete the sentences with the words in the box. Some words are used more than once.
|1.||Have you finished that book yet? - Just . Only a couple of pages more.|
|2.||We arrived too late, just I thought we would.|
|3.||I got this just luck.|
|4.||Just she likes you doesn't mean she fancies you.|
|5.||Just a , I'll get something to write with.|
|6.||And he got up and left, just like , without even saying goodbye!|
|7.||I think I've covered just everything, so are there any questions?|
|8.||I just be able to reach if I stand on this chair.|
|9.||Don't go. Not just , at any rate.|
|10.||I'd just as you didn't tell Marge I told you.|
|11.||It was just that the doorbell rang.|
|12.||My phone rang just I was getting off the bus.|
|13.||Oh, thank you so much. It's just I've always wanted.|
|14.||He just left a minute ago.|
|15.||Look at this rain. It's just as I brought an umbrella.|
|16.||She always likes everything to be just . She's really fussy.|
|17.||We just got there in time.|
|18.||Hurry up! The train's just to leave.|
|19.||This is a short note just say we'll be coming on Friday evening.|
|20.||The film was so bad, we just as well have stayed at home.|
Exercise 3 - Rewrite (or copy and paste) the sentences adding just into the most appropriate position. Start with a capital letter and end with a full stop or question mark. (Sometimes there may be more than one possible answer.)
|1.||This is what I've been looking for.|
|2.||I only got to the station in time.|
|3.||She has been telling us all about yesterday's party.|
|4.||Could you help me move this sofa, please?|
|5.||She's as tall as her brother.|
|6.||I got to the bus stop as the bus was leaving.|
|7.||That's the sweetest puppy I've ever seen.|
|8.||That's what I wanted to tell you.|
|9.||She needs a little TLC, that's all.|
|10.||We arrived at the pub before closing time.|
A note on tense use
- Is Pete still here? - No, he's just left.
- I've just finished that report you wanted.
- I just had lunch.
- I just saw Mike in the corridor.
- I thought I heard my phone ring just now.
- Did you see something move in the bushes just now?