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    just expensive?

    Hi
    In this sentence 'The price was so/just expensive?', the answer based on the key is 'so' not just. However, just can also be used for emphasis. So why here it's not possible? To me both words are OK. I heard it from one of my colleagues that we use 'just' to denote something positive rather than negative. But I couldn't find it in the grammar book. Is she also right?


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

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    Re: just expensive?

    Quote Originally Posted by moonlike View Post
    Hi
    In this sentence 'The price was so/just expensive?', the answer based on the key is 'so' not just. However, just can also be used for emphasis. So why here it's not possible? To me both words are OK. I heard it from one of my colleagues that we use 'just' to denote something positive rather than negative. But I couldn't find it in the grammar book. Is she also right?


    Thanks a lot.
    Have you looked up "just" and "so" in a dictionary. They don't have the same meaning. "So" works in your sentence, though I would argue that the item is what was expensive, not the price. "Just" does not work in your sentence. Check the meanings.

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    Re: just expensive?

    In BrE, you can use just + non-gradable adjective for emphasis- it was just superb/appalling, so it doesn't have to be positive.

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    #4

    Re: just expensive?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    In BrE, you can use just + non-gradable adjective for emphasis- it was just superb/appalling, so it doesn't have to be positive.
    Also in AmE.

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    Re: just expensive?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Also in AmE.
    I thought so, but as I was writing, it sounded very BrE in my head, so I thought I'd wait for confirmation.

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