how to use 就?

Updated on November 24, 2019 in Learn Chinese
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about 就:

— as a marker of uniqueness:

  我就认识他。wǒ jiù rèn shi tā 

  I just know him.

—as a marker of identification. In this sense it is often used to signal a location at the end of a series of directions.

 银行就在那儿。yín háng jiù zài nàr

The Bank is right there.

—as a marker of identification 就 may also signal that a person has been located.

A: 你找谁?  nǐ zhǎo shuí

B:我找马老师。 wǒ zhǎo mǎ lǎo shī 

A:我就是。 wǒ jiù shì 

on October 15, 2014


Isn`t it used also in the “If…, then…” structure?


on October 16, 2014

Correct! “if…, then…” structure also makes sense. e.g 

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you also hear “就是” that’s kinda like the english “du-uh,” “precisely,” “yeah-uh,” the kinds of confirmative responses to obvious statements, like if some kids thought up of a prank to spray graffiti on a school principle’s door, one kid might say, “but if we get caught, we’ll be put in detention,” and another kid will be like, “du-uh,” 就是, so obvious…

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