Consider this sentence on an official form:

To change the arrangement, you will just need to fill up a new application form.

For some reason, the phrase "you will just need to" sounds awkward.

Is it correct/grammatical?


It's grammatical. It means "you only need to" or "you merely need to". It's also quite colloquial, something you hear often. But "fill up" isn't heard that often; more likely it will be "fill in" or "fill out".


It's correct, but you don't really need the 'just' part. 'Only' might suit better here.

To get to the shop, you just need to run around the corner.

For comparison, the above would work fine.

Perhaps try

To change the arrangement, you will only need to fill in a new application form.

  • 2
    Why does only "suit better" than just? – John Lawler Mar 26 '14 at 15:19
  • It flows better off the tongue! Same meaning, just a friendlier tone. – Ronan Mar 26 '14 at 15:25
  • 2
    Ah, I must have different tongue flow and tone detectors. – John Lawler Mar 26 '14 at 15:27

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