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What is the function of the adverb JIU (就)?  
asked Mar 21, 2018 in Questions about Chinese Grammar by admin (25,170 points)
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jiù (就) typically marks a simple focal point, linking an Antecedent with a Consequent.

→ 你去我就去 (n˘ı q`u w˘o ji`u q`u/ I will go if you go.)

In certain context, jiù (就) can be used to underline the imminence of an activity, implying the event will happen earlier than expected.

→ 他明天就來 (t¯a m´ıngtian ji`u l´ai/ He is coming tomorrow.)

Reference: Chinese: a linguistic introduction by Chao Fen Sun

answered Mar 21, 2018 by admin (25,170 points)
edited Apr 26, 2018 by admin

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