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The adverb 就 jiù is used before a verb to suggest the earliness, briefness , quickness or sooner than expected of the action. The Adverb 才 cái is the opposite. It suggests the tardiness or lateness of an action as perceived by the speaker.
1, 八 点 上 课，他七 点 就 来了。
bā diǎn shàngkè, tā qī diǎn jiù lái le.
Class starts at eight, but he came at seven.
八 点 上 课，他 八 点 十 分 才来。
bā diǎn shàng kè, tā bā diǎn shí fēn cái lai.
Class starts at eight, but he did not came until ten past eight.
2, 我 昨 天 晚 上 八 点 就 睡 觉 了。
wǒ zuótiān wǎnshàng bā diǎn jiù shuìjiào le.
I went to sleep when it was only 8:00pm yesterday.
我 昨 天 晚 上 十 二 点 才 睡 觉。
wǒ zuótiān wǎnshàng shi èr dián cái shuìjiào.
I did not went to sleep until 12:00pm yesterday.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
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