The comparison between 刚 and 刚才

Let's have a look at the differences between 刚 and 刚才 today.

Language points

Both 刚 and 刚才 indicate that an action or a situation took place not longa ago; both can serve as an adverbial modifier.

But if 刚 is an adverb serving as an adverbial modifier, used only after the subject and before the verb, while 刚才 is a temporal noun which can be used either before or after the subject.

In a sentence with 刚, the verb can be followed by a word of duration, while 刚才 cannot, for example:

Dialogue 3

 到6月9号，我和妻子就结婚二十年了，这么多年，我们一直生活得很幸福。两个人在一起时间长了，会有很多问题，生活中只有浪漫和新鲜感是不够的。两个人只有接受了对方的缺点，才能更好地一起生活。