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    #1

    just can't / can't just

    Hi,

    I'd like to ask if 'just can't' and 'can't just' are the same or not as is in:

    - I just can't come to the party with you.
    - I can't just come to the party with you.

    (self-made)

    I cannot distinguish the difference in meaning between the two.

    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: just can't / can't just

    In the first one, you can't come to the party. In the second you can possibly come to the party but, if you do you have to do something else as well.
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    #3

    Re: just can't / can't just

    Having read the above post, I think the following are possible.

    'I just can't come to the party with you because I will be otherwise engaged.'
    'I can't just come to the party with you; I will see you home after the party.'
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