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Tara2
Posted: Thursday, December 07, 2017 3:01:12 PM

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What does "just" mean?
"It just can't be true. He can't have left his job"
FounDit
Posted: Thursday, December 07, 2017 3:08:48 PM

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Tara2 wrote:
What does "just" mean?
"It just can't be true. He can't have left his job"


Here it is used as an intensifier. The basic sentence is, "It can't be true", but to intensify that statement, or belief, we often say, "It just can't be true" to mean we can hardly believe it. We don't want to believe it. Often we use "simply" place of "just" to mean the same thing, "It simply can't be true."


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Tara2
Posted: Friday, December 08, 2017 4:24:10 AM

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FounDit wrote:
Tara2 wrote:
What does "just" mean?
"It just can't be true. He can't have left his job"


Here it is used as an intensifier. The basic sentence is, "It can't be true", but to intensify that statement, or belief, we often say, "It just can't be true" to mean we can hardly believe it. We don't want to believe it. Often we use "simply" place of "just" to mean the same thing, "It simply can't be true."

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