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Consider these sentences, please:

  1. I can just imagine what he is going through.

  2. I can imagine what he is going through.

Question 1: Is there any difference between 1 and 2?

Question 2: If I were to backshift 1 and 2, how would I backshift them, like this?

  1. I could just imagine what he was going through OR I could've just imagined what he was going through.

  2. I could imagine what he was going through OR I could've imagined what he was going through.

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"Just" in this context works as an intensifier, akin to "truly" and "really", and even "absolutely".

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  • What's the difference between "I can just imagine what he is going through" and "I can only imagine what he is going through"? – Mr. X Jun 19 at 20:48

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