NO OOPS | The difference between ci and ji

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The adverbs ci and ji both means just in English.

Part I

When  ci and ji  are placed after the time words.

(ci) is usually collocate with a verb, indicating that in the speakers opinion, the action happened late, or went on slow or unsatisfactorily.

For example:

8din shngkt 9din ci do.


The class starts at 8:00, but he didnt arrived until 9:00.

--to emphasis the speaker think he arrived late

W yng le lingge xiosh  ci  zuwn zuy.

It took me two hours to finish my homework.

--to emphasis I finished my homework slow

Zhge t  tinnlew hule 1ge  xiosh ci  zhdo dn


This question is too hard,it took me 1 hour to work out the answer.

--to indicate that the speaker think it is not easy to work out the answer.


For example:

8din shngkt 7din ji do le


The class starts at 8 am, but he arrived at 7:00.

--to indicate the speaker think he came early

W mimei yng le 15fnzhng ji zuwnle zuy


It just took 15 mins to finish my homework.

--to emphasis she finished her homework fast

N yzh wngqinzu ji ky zhodo Zhngguynhng le

Go straight then you will find the Bank of China easily.

(--to emphasis its easy to find the bank).

Part II

(ci) and (ji) can be used in a sentence together indicating comparison.

(ci)  indicates a smaller quantity, extent or a low ability.

(ji) indicates a large quantity, extent or a high ability.

In this case:

N mi le 10bn sh ci hu le 200 kui , w mi le y bn sh ji hu le 200kui

10200 , 200

You only paid 200 for 10 book ,but I paid 200 for one book.

Now lets move to the exercise time:

Please answer the following questions as follows with  (ci)or (ji),  and you can post your answer to our comments.

For example :

Now its your turn.

Please feel welcome to post your answer or your own sentences in our comments.

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