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    the position of "just"

    Hi. teachers.

    He claimed to have been at home all evening, but somehow his story
    ( ).

    (a) ring true just didn't
    (b) didn't just ring true
    (c) just didn't ring true
    (d) didn't ring true just

    (c) is the answer. But is (b) possible?
    What is the position of "just"?

    Always Thank You All!

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    #2

    Re: the position of "just"

    Choice (b) is English; e.g., his story didn't just ring true, it also ...; however, it doesn't work here given the transition but somehow:

    He claimed to have been at home all evening, but somehow his story just didn't ring true.
    (b) didn't just ring true
    (c) just didn't ring true


    Just modifies the closest word or phrase: just didn't; just ring; just wait; wait just a moment.


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    Re: the position of "just"

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    Choice (b) is English; e.g., his story didn't just ring true, it also ...; however, it doesn't work here given the transition but somehow:

    He claimed to have been at home all evening, but somehow his story just didn't ring true.
    (b) didn't just ring true
    (c) just didn't ring true


    Just modifies the closest word or phrase: just didn't; just ring; just wait; wait just a moment.

    Thanks, Soup.


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    #4

    Re: the position of "just"

    C is correct.
    ...somehow his story just doesn't ring true.
    ...somehow his story just didn't ring true.

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