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    just/only

    Are these both correct:

    1) He was in three TV series, but he played the same role. In all of those series, he appeared only as Detective Jones.

    2) He was in three TV series, but he played the same role. In all of those series, he appeared just as Detective Jones.

    Technically, they both have to be OK, but I don't know why I don't like '2'.

    Gratefully,
    Navi.

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    Re: just/only

    "Just" and "only" mean the same thing here but "only" is more natural. Having said that, I wouldn't bother with either. I would shorten the whole thing to:

    He was in three TV series and he played the same role in each - Detective Jones.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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