Chinese grammar: Expressing earliness with "jiu"

Just as 才 can express lateness, 就 (jiù) can be used to indicate that something happened earlier than expected.

The pattern is as follows:
In English this might be expressed with "as early as", but usually it’s not specifically marked.


Tā shí bā suì jiù dà xué bì yè le.
她 十八 岁 就 大学 毕业 了。
She graduated from college when she was only 18 years old.

From the example sentences it is clear that 了 naturally occurs with a verb used after 就. This is because verbs following 就 generally have the feeling of being completed.

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