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it's just that

INFORMAL
This page is about the conversational phrase it's just that

Meaning

You can say this when you're explaining your reason for doing something, esp. if you've upset or disappointed someone.

For example

  • "Why didn't you get me a ticket?"
    "It's just that I didn't think you'd want to go. That's all."

  • "You don't think I'll pay you back, do you?"
    "I do. It's just that Maria made me promise not to lend you any more money."

Quick Quiz

"I want to help you move the furniture. It's just that

a. I've got a bad back."

b. I'd be happy to help."

c. I love carrying furniture."

Contributor: Matt Errey