only vs. just

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only vs. just

Post by azz » Mon Mar 12, 2018 10:59 pm

Can one use
a. There is no cure for this illness. You only have to get used to it.
instead of
b. There is no cure for this illness. You just have to get used to it.

?

I don't think they mean the same. In (b), there seems to be the idea of resignation. There is nothing to be done. Live with it! (a) seems to say that it is not such a big deal. You have one thing to do and that is to live with it.

Many thanks.
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Re: only vs. just

Post by Erik_Kowal » Mon Mar 12, 2018 11:41 pm

"You only have to get used to it" is not wrong, exactly, but it's not idiomatic English either.

"{You / You'll} just have to put up with it"

or

"{You / You'll} just have to live with it"

is probably what most people would say, with "You'll" (or "You will") being more likely to be said than just "You".

I agree with your comments regarding b).
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Re: only vs. just

Post by tony h » Tue Mar 13, 2018 11:21 am

Agree with Erik!

The only way I can think of, in the only time I have available, to use "only" to convey only this meaning is :"the only thing to do is to get used to it."

PS. I decided to have a bit of a binge on "only" as I almost never use it as "only" has an unfortunate ability to be misunderstood.
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Re: only vs. just

Post by Phil White » Sun Mar 18, 2018 11:12 pm

Agree with Erik and Tony.

I can see where you are coming from with your suggestion for the meaning of sentence A, but it doesn't work.

Tony's suggestion is close.
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