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Condition (or action) A is fulfilled, action B follows

In the first part of a sentence we say what was, is or needs to be fulfilled, so that action B in the second part of a sentence can take place.

In the second sentence with 就 /jiù/ we say what action followed or will follow.

EXAMPLES

When you have a problem, you should tell me directly.
你 有 问题 就 要 直接 告诉 我。
Nǐ yǒu wèntí jiù yào zhíjiē gàosu wǒ.
You can go to play after you finish your homework.
你 完成 你的 作业, 就 可以 去 玩。
Nǐ wánchéng nǐ de zuòyè, jiù kěyǐ qù wán.
The more (time) you study, the better the results.
你 学习 的 时间 越 多,成就 就 越 好 了。
Nǐ xuéxí de shíjiān yuè duō, chéngjiù jiù yuè hǎo le.
If you like it then buy it.
你 喜欢 就 买 吧!
Nǐ xǐhuan jiù mǎi ba
You just directly scan QR code with your phone and that's it!
你 直接 用 手机 扫描 二维码, 就 行 了!
Nǐ zhíjiē yòng shǒujī sǎomiáo èrwéimǎ, jiù xíng le!
After I finish drinking this tea, I’m going to have a class.
我 喝 了 这个 茶,就 要 去 上课。
<Wǒ hē le zhège chá, jiù yào qù shàngkè.>

 

Time passed, action follows

In the first part of the sentence we say how long time is needed for the action to take place.

Second part with 就 /jiù/ tells us what action will follow after the time is fulfilled.

EXAMPLES

It takes ten minutes to get there.
十 分钟 就 到 了。
Shí fēnzhōng jiù dào le.

 

Space passed, action follows

In the first part of the sentence we say how long space needs to be crossed.

Second part with 就 /jiù/ tells us what action will follow after the space is crossed.

EXAMPLES

100 metres and (you) are there.
一百 米 就 到 了。
Yībǎi mǐ jiù dào le.

 

Emphasis

EXAMPLES

I’ve known this for a long time that this is an old traditional concept.
我 早 就 知道 这 是 旧的 传统 观念。
Wǒ zǎo jiù zhīdào zhè shì jiù de chuántǒng guānniàn.
We entered the information age long time ago.
我们 早就 进入 了 信息 时代。
Wǒmen zǎo jiù jìnrù le xìnxī shídài.
I'm (just) loving it! - slogan of McDonald's
我 就 喜欢!
Wǒ jiù xǐhuan!