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Though I bought this sofa for $2000, I had to sell it for just $150.

Can we replace the word just with the alternatives like mere or sheer?

New sentences will be like under.

  1. Though I bought this sofa for $2000, I had to sell it for mere $150.
  2. Though I bought this sofa for $2000, I had to sell it for sheer $150.

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The first sentence should be rendered as "for a mere $150." or "for merely $150."

(Note that "mere" is an adjective modifying $150, and "just" (in this context) and "merely" are adverbs modifying "sold (for)".)

The second sentence doesn't parse for me.

(I am a native speaker.)

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