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What is the functional difference between 他去我就去 and 他去我才去?
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你去,我就去 → I will go there if you do. (It is easier to convince me than you expected.)

 jiù (就) in this sentence marks a sense of less demanding condition/easier than expectation.

你去,我才去 → I won’t go there if you don’t. (It is harder to convince me than you expected.)

 cái (才) in this sentence marks a sense of more demanding condition. Chaofen Sun calls it an exclusive focus.

answered Mar 29, 2018 by admin (25,170 points)

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