Chinese Grammar: Lesson: 才 and 就
才 and 就 are both extremely common in Chinese speech, so it's a good idea to figure out when to use which! Both words have similar meanings in English. But believe us, they are not used in the same way in Chinese. Here's how to distinguish these two.
才 means "just" but in the sense that something happened differently or later than you expected.
就 means something happened earlier than expected or as you expected, so everything is right on track.
This sort of sentence comes in especially handy when you've just bumped into someone, or fell onto them and smashed a cake in their face, as it can happen in some TV dramas.
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