Is the following sentence over 人民網:


When you use 只要~, it needs a main clause, which includes either 就 or 便. But this sentence does not carry such words.

So I wonder why it does not have. Is it grammatically correct to omit it, and how can I know what it would mean in the main clause? There would not be any one-fit-for-all clause here, as I came up with multiple main clauses (correct me if something is wrong in the comment). For example:




  • The reason 就 is missing is because the compelling word 绝对 being used there.
    – dan
    May 11, 2018 at 0:51

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Ah. I think the tone matters here ( from MY own perspective).

When we read 只要……就 sentence, you may perceive that the stress is on 只要…… part. We are emphasizing the condition and 就 part is not as strong as the condition (就 weakened the tone). However, here Kim Jong-un is making a vow that North Korea will NEVER USE NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND ......, unless she is threatened by nuclear annihilation (this is more like a supplementary condition). So 就 is supposed to be omitted to enhance the momentum.

PS. You may let a native read the sentences with and without 就 for you and try to feel the subtle difference.


只要你不在此捣乱,我(就)决不撵你出去。( There could be a 就,but I prefer not.)



Asking around, the general opinion is, your sentence sounds a bit weird without 就,but not unacceptable.

In an 'If ....., then .....' sentence I would not talk of a 'main clause', since both the ‘If [condition]’and 'then [result]' are equally important.

In the case [condition] = false [result] will not happen.

If N.K. is not threatened or provoked with nuclear weapons
N.K. then absolutely will not use nuclear weapons (no first strike)
neither will N.K. spread nuclear weapons or nuclear technology.

Thus he says: “Actually we won’t give up our nuclear option.” Whether the Americans will accept that, I very much doubt.

Let’s hope, for all our sakes, that 王毅 can broker a deal!

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