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    #1

    just

    "I thought about throwing them out, but they just have too much sentimental value."


    ​What does the word "just" mean in the sentence above?

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    #2

    Re: just

    You could replace it with simply- it gives emphasis to the value they have,which overrides the logic behind throwing them away.

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    #3

    Re: just

    So if I would say "I thought about throwing them out, but they have too much sentimental value." would it mean the same and be correct?

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    #4

    Re: just

    It would be correct, and have the same meaning, just not quite as much emphasis on the sentimental value.

    In your original example, 'just' is used to express to what degree the sentimental value exists - precisely enough to keep me from throwing them out, but not more.

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    #5

    Re: just

    I do not think "just" refers to "precisely enough sentimental value" in the context. It means "really, actually, positively". (from definition no. 13 of http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/just?s=t )

    I am not a teacher.

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    #6

    Re: just

    I agree. "Just" acts like an intensifier there.

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