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    Default Wording in a sentence

    When writing a sentence using the words 'just' and 'had' together, which way is it supposed to be?

    Example: I... recently gotten an A in Reading.

    (I had just...
    or
    I just had...)

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    Default Re: Wording in a sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by amazingmusic View Post
    When writing a sentence using the words 'just' and 'had' together, which way is it supposed to be?

    Example: I... recently gotten an A in Reading.

    (I had just...
    or
    I just had...)
    In that example, you need "I had just recently ..."
    In other sentences it depends.
    "I've just had breakfast" - I have recently finished breakfast. "Just" means "a very short while ago"
    "I've had just breakfast" - All I've eaten (today) is breakfast. "Just" means 'only'.

    "I just got a C in reading" can mean "I have just now received a C in Reading" or "I only got a C in Reading."

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    Default Re: Wording in a sentence

    There are many ways to word these sentences. This site - words in a sentence is a great resource for your question.
    Last edited by englishman129; 09-Oct-2012 at 19:52.

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    Default Re: Wording in a sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    In that example, you need "I had just recently ..."
    In other sentences it depends.
    "I've just had breakfast" - I have recently finished breakfast. "Just" means "a very short while ago"
    "I've had just breakfast" - All I've eaten (today) is breakfast. "Just" means 'only'.

    "I just got a C in reading" can mean "I have just now received a C in Reading" or "I only got a C in Reading."

    I've never heard 'had just' used in that context before.


    Others I'd see it in it 'I had just been released', or 'I had just gotten home'.

    In the breakfast context, the more natural way to say it is 'I've only had breakfast'. Same meaning, and sounds a lot more natural.

    And yes, OP. The correct use for your sentence would be 'I had just recently'
    I'm not a teacher yet, but I am studying a Bachelor of Education with an English Literature major at Charles Sturt University, in NSW, Australia.

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    Default Re: Wording in a sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by HanibalII View Post
    I've never heard 'had just' used in that context before.

    You can learn a lot here as well as answering questions.

    Quote Originally Posted by HanibalII View Post
    And yes, OP. The correct use for your sentence would be 'I had just recently'
    The OP was given that information back in July when they asked.

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