05 / 05 / 2010

JUST-3: meaning and examples

Hello everyone,

Today we continue our review of expressions or uses of the adverb just.

Today's expression is: could / might just as well…

Meaning: this expression is used to say that somebody would have been in the same position if they had done something else, because they got little benefit or enjoyment from what they did do.

Example 1:
The weather was so bad last weekend that we might just as well have stayed at home. We were near the beach, but we ended up staying inside all day.

Example 2:
I could just as well have taken the train; I would have arrived sooner. The flight was delayed 2 hours, and then was finally cancelled.

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