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    Can we use "just" for emphasis?

    Hi
    I came across one exercise concerning different ways to make a sentence more emphatic.
    The house was so/just expensive. The answer was "so". I don't disagree. However, I wonder if it's possible to have just here as well. I think I have heard it before (just before adjective). Can't we use it (just+adjective) to emphasize something?
    P.S. Could you kindly tell me if we can't use it to emphasize, so what does it mean exactly? It's just expensive.

    Thanks a million.
    Being a non-native teacher, I'm so thrilled being in such a superb forum.

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    Re: Can we use "just" for emphasis?

    In "It's just expensive" it means "only". The house is not expensive and tasteful. It's not expensive and ugly. It's not expensive and bright green. It's just expensive. That's the only thing I want to/I can say about it.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Can we use "just" for emphasis?

    If you really want to emphasise the fact that it's expensive, you could say "The house was just so expensive", with the emphasis on "so".

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