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    mere vs just

    Hallo,
    Are these two sentences below correct and the same?

    1/ He is just a boy
    2/ He is a mere boy

    Thanks in advance

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    Smile Re: mere vs just

    Quote Originally Posted by hanky View Post
    Hallo,
    Are these two sentences below correct and the same?

    1/ He is just a boy
    2/ He is a mere boy

    Thanks in advance
    No, the two sentences differ in meaning.

    He is just a boy would be the same as He is merely a boy, whereas He is a mere boy would mean the same as He is a little boy.


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    Re: mere vs just

    If you want to focus on how he is small, use the sentence {He is a mere boy}mere is used to emphasize how small or unimportant something or someone is.

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