Let's say that I want to say that I have just turned my pc off.

Which of these sentences is more commonly to be heard?

  1. I have just turned my pc off.

  2. I turned my pc off.

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    [correction: What is used more commonly?]
    – Lambie
    Mar 20, 2020 at 16:59
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    The word just here is a "quantifier / intensifier" - it just emphasizes that the action was very recent. Note that there's also the position of the preposition - I turned off my PC and I turned my PC off are equally valid, and mean exactly the same thing (but with a pronoun you can only say I turned it off, not I turned off it). Mar 20, 2020 at 17:27
  • Do I always have to use the word "have" before "just"?
    – coolguy
    Mar 20, 2020 at 17:49

1 Answer 1


You say "I want to say that I have just turned my pc off."

You say "I have just turned my pc off."

If you wanted to say "I turned my pc off" then you would say "I turned my pc off". The meanings are very similar and overlap so usually it doesn't matter what you say. You could use "just" to emphasise that the event happen very recently. It is common to use present perfect "I have just turned" but it is not required. "I just turned.." is correct English.

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