‘Just’ is another of those pesky little words that we often slip into sentences, without realising, how it changes what we are saying.

Common uses of the word ‘just’

  • I’m just checking in to see if
  • I’m just following up
  • It’s just a small amount
  • I was just wondering if
  • I just wanted to know
  • I just wanted to remind you
  • I was just doing this because
  • I just want some clarification
  • I just need a word with you
  • I just need a few minutes


When you use the word ‘just’

  • In an email it tells the reader that, what ever you were emailing the person about is insignificant.
  • It makes you sound apologetic about what you are saying.
  • It minimises whatever it follows.
  • It undermines what is being said.
  • Is used to soften a request.
  • It sends a signal that yours or someone else’s work isn’t valuable and can leave people feeling unappreciated.
  • It tells the person being asked to do something, that what is being asked of them is not difficult.
  • Closes the door on further discussion.
  • It down plays achievement.
  • Stops you from being taken seriously.


When you don’t use ‘Just’

It’s as easy as taking the word out, there is no need to add another word in its place. By doing so your sentences will be clear in direction and carry strength.


Do you use the word Just?

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