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    Default I'm just (being) sad. / I've just been sad.

    Nothing serious. ________.
    (A) I'm just sad. (B) I'm just being sad. (C) I've just been sad.
    Which option or options are acceptable?
    I think all are possible.

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    Default Re: I'm just (being) sad. / I've just been sad.

    Sadness is not normally of short duration, so only A is likely.

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    Default Re: I'm just (being) sad. / I've just been sad.

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    Nothing serious. ________.
    (A) I'm just sad. (B) I'm just being sad. (C) I've just been sad.
    Which option or options are acceptable?
    I think all are possible.
    A makes sense in the context of the rest of the statement and, in my opinion, is the only correct answer.

    B is a possible statement but only with the alternative definition of "sad" - ie not cool, not trendy.
    "Why are you looking at the Cliff Richard CDs?"
    "I'm just being sad" OR "I'm just being a saddo!"

    C is possible if "just" is taken to mean "only" instead of "recently".
    "How have you been feeling recently?"
    "I've been OK. I haven't been depressed. I've just been [a bit] sad."

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