JUST and ALREADY: How to Use ALREADY and JUST Correctly

What’s the difference between JUST and ALREADY?

JUST and ALREADY in English

We often use just and already with the present perfect tense. See details with usage and examples.

When to Use ALREADY

Already is used in positive phrases and questions. The sentence adds meaning like “even”, “something has happened earlier”.


  • He hasn’t already read this book.
  • I have already booked tickets.
  • We have already advised you by cable.
  • She had already gone when I arrived.
  • Have you had your dinner already?

When to Use JUST

Just is often used in positive phrases and questions, and comes before the verse. It means “just before”, “a short time ago”.


  • I have just had a tooth out at the dentist.
  • I have just received a reply.
  • Mr. Thomas has just bought a new shirt.
  • We have just finished the project.
  • She has just been out shopping.

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Difference between JUST and ALREADY

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