Is the following sentence correct?

He is just buying a gift for his mother.

I am not sure if it is all right to have that "just" there and this lead me to believe that maybe the tense is wrong.

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    In either sense ("only" or "right now") just is fine in this context. – StoneyB on hiatus Oct 5 '19 at 13:21
  • Thank you ! The sense I wanted was "right now" – Math Guy Oct 5 '19 at 13:23

There is absolutely nothing "incorrect" about your sentence. Whether it is appropriate to use just, right now, or at the moment in that sentence depends on the context/style. If you are saying "He is just buying a gift for his mother" to someone in speech, then the sentence is fine, as noted by StoneyB.

Dad: Where is your brother? What's taking him so long?

Daughter: Relax dad! He will be out in a minute. He is just buying a gift for mom.


Just means a time that is immediate before the present.it would have been appropiate to use " he has just bought a gift for his mother".just means very recently or immediate past.it is correct if you use right now

  • There is nothing incorrect about using just in "He is just buying a gift for his mother". – AIQ Oct 5 '19 at 19:28
  • So just means right now. did you justify the answer in the context of "right now".just means immediate past – Deep Sen Oct 5 '19 at 20:00

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