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    did not stay friends with him because

    Are these correct:

    1-I did not stay friends with him because I thought I might need his help. I put an end to our friendship when I realized that he was not a good person.
    2-I did not stay friends with him just because I thought I might need his help. I put an end to our friendship when I realized that he was not a good person.
    Meaning: Although I thought I might need his help, I did not stay friends with him. I put an end to our friendship...


    3-I did not stay friends with him because I thought I might need his help. I did it because I realized that he was a good person.
    4-I did not stay friends with him just because I thought I might need his help. I did it because I realized that he was a good person.
    Meaning: I did stay friends with him, but that was not (just) because I thought I might need his help. I did it because I realized he was a good person.

    The first pair have one meaning and the second pair have quite another meaning.

    I think they work, but I am not sure. I think they have to be said with the correct intonation.

    Gratefully,
    Navi.

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    Re: did not stay friends with him because

    I agree with you that they all work. Intonation can indeed discriminate the meanings, but in my opinion "just" is used to eliminate the need for intonation. In this context "just" mean "only".

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