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I have diffuculty understanding how to use "just as. Do we use it when we are talking about something that two people do in a similar way? Could you please give me some feedback?

Numerous African children and their families are plagued by poverty and diseases today just as they have been throughout centeries.

She supported the reform just as her friend opposed it.

He will probably refuse to plead guilty just as many criminals had done in the past.

Her three-year old cousin paces the floor and gesticulates while talking on the phone just as his father does.

Thank you very much!
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"Just as …" has two usages. One is to mean "in the same way/manner as …" and the other is "to the same degree/extent as …". I believe you can know which usage to apply to which sentence.

paco
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Paco2004"Just as …" has two usages. One is to mean "in the same way/manner as …" and the other is "to the same degree/extent as …". I believe you can know which usage to apply to which sentence.

paco
It also has the meaning of "on the instant that".

"Just as he came through the door, she was going out."