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    I don't like it here. It's just a vast expanse

    Is this correct and natural?

    I don't like it here. It's just a vast expanse of barren land. The landscape is less than poetic here.

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    Re: I don't like it here. It's just a vast expanse

    The landscape is featureless, soulless and uninspiring.
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    Re: I don't like it here. It's just a vast expanse

    Try:

    It's barren land. It's uninteresting.

    (Note that "just a" and "vast" don't go together.)
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    Re: I don't like it here. It's just a vast expanse

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    (Note that "just a" and "vast" don't go together.)
    I disagree with Tarheel on that point. For me, "just" means "nothing more than" here.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: I don't like it here. It's just a vast expanse

    But a vast expanse would have to be a considerable amount of territory. How do you put "just a" in front of that?
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    Re: I don't like it here. It's just a vast expanse

    Very easily in BrE.

    Bob: Do you like the new Heritage Tower in the middle of town?
    Jim: No! It's just an enormous grey monolith!

    Helen: Is the national park worth visiting?
    Sarah: Not really. It's just a huge expanse of brushland.

    Maybe it's another transatlantic difference. BrE would use "just" very readily in such statements. As I said, "just" means "nothing more than" or it's a way of saying "That's all it is. Nothing more interesting than that".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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