In 你想走的时候就走吧。 it seems 的就 is supposed to be taken as the verb. At my current knowledge level, I wouldn't know how to match those two together and recognize 时候 as modifying the verb. How can I learn to match these up? Is there a collection of rules that I should learn? Or is it just by doing lots of reading and asking questions about stuff I don't understand?


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就 here means ”just”. When you want to go, just go.

就 is very versatile, and has many uses. but this is the basic meaning.

的 is not related to 就 here, but to 时候. 的时候 means ”when”, ”the time when”, ”the time of (something)”.

  • Does that mean chinese.stackexchange.com/questions/14660/… is wrong?
    – Jeff Guy
    Aug 14, 2015 at 15:21
  • @JeffGuy No it's not wrong, as 倪阔乐 wrote, 的 and 就 have no relation here. I wrote 时候 in my previous answer, but yes 的时候 is more precise, that marks the time in your sentence. 就 is in the other half of the sentence, and the two characters 的 and 就 are thus unrelated.
    – imrek
    Aug 14, 2015 at 15:32

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