just/only because I couldn't


Senior Member
"Okay, I'll let it pass. But only/just because it's you."

"I forced myself to eat only/just because I couldn't stand the growling and churning of my stomach."

Should it be only or just in situations like this? Or both are correct and mean different things?
  • Uncle Jack

    Senior Member
    British English
    In the first, only "only" appears to fit. I am not sure that "but just" is used at all'; "but only" is common.

    The second might use either, with no difference in meaning that I can see.