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    #1

    just changing

    Are these sentences correct:

    1-I am as hard-working as ever, just changing my job.
    (Meaning: I am as hard-working as ever. I am just changing my job.)

    2-I was really happy, just standing there listening to the waves.

    3-I had a smile on my face, jut standing there listening to the waves.

    4-He was not doing anything, just standing there listening to the waves.

    I do not like '1'. I think the meaning sentences are better. '1' makes it sound that I am hard-working as I am changing my job. In spoken English, a full stop instead of a comma would solve the problem, 'Just changing my job' would be the equivalent of 'I am just changing my job'.
    I think '4' also could use a full stop instead of the comma. It would then be equivalent to:

    4a-He was not doing anything. He was just standing there listening to the waves.

    Gratefully,
    Navi.

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    Re: just changing

    I don't have a problem with any of those.
    I wouldn't change 4. In this case 'just' tends to mean 'except'. If you make it into two sentences, you invite the question, "Well, which is it? Was he doing nothing, or was he standing there listening to the waves?"

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