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    what's the meaning of "just about"?

    Hi
    This sentence was about a bench "the bench was just about wide enough". Does it mean almost?
    Thanks a lot in advance

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    #2

    Re: what's the meaning of "just about"?

    No. It was wide enough, but it was almost not wide enough.
    Last edited by 5jj; 10-Apr-2012 at 16:53. Reason: typo

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    Re: what's the meaning of "just about"?

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    Ni. It was wide enough, but it was almost not wide enough.
    Thanks a lot dear 5jj.

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    Re: what's the meaning of "just about"?

    Quote Originally Posted by moonlike View Post
    Hi
    This sentence was about a bench "the bench was just about wide enough". Does it mean almost?
    Thanks a lot in advance
    In AusE, it means almost.
    If someone is just about tall enough to reach something, he can't reach it.
    If someone is just tall enough, he can reach it (just).

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    Re: what's the meaning of "just about"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    In AusE, it means almost.
    If someone is just about tall enough to reach something, he can't reach it.
    If someone is just tall enough, he can reach it (just).
    Thanks dear Raymott

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    Re: what's the meaning of "just about"?

    Quote Originally Posted by moonlike View Post
    Thanks dear Raymott
    Hi moonlike,
    It's really not necessary to make a new post to thank people (at least me). It just makes an empty new post that a few dozen people click on to read. Clicking 'like' is sufficient.
    Last edited by Raymott; 10-Apr-2012 at 07:05.

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    Re: what's the meaning of "just about"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    In AusE, it means almost.
    If someone is just about tall enough to reach something, he can't reach it.
    If someone is just tall enough, he can reach it (just).
    Wow, that sounds really odd to me! I can't imagine "just about" being a negative. So "He is just about tall enough to reach it" means the same as "He is not quite tall enough to reach it"?
    Do you use "He was only just tall enough to reach it"? to mean barely tall enough, but tall enough?

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    Re: what's the meaning of "just about"?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Wow, that sounds really odd to me! I can't imagine "just about" being a negative. So "He is just about tall enough to reach it" means the same as "He is not quite tall enough to reach it"?
    Do you use "He was only just tall enough to reach it"? to mean barely tall enough, but tall enough?
    I would read it the same as Raymott. If something is just about wide enough, it is not wide enough.

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    Re: what's the meaning of "just about"?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Do you use "He was only just tall enough to reach it"? to mean barely tall enough, but tall enough?
    Yes

    Also, if I say, "That English assignment just about killed me", it didn't kill me, but almost did.
    I find it weird that you British would use it to mean the opposite.
    Last edited by Raymott; 10-Apr-2012 at 15:07.

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    Re: what's the meaning of "just about"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Also, if I say, "That English assignment just about killed me", it didn't kill, me but almost did.
    It was a near miss!

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