I would like to know if, "I just might have a chance" is grammatically correct. Consider the following sentence:

"If you just knew what I feel for you, I just might have a chance to be with you."

Trying to stress that I might have a chance but just might not be sure of it. I found this Quora post which says that this construction is wrong but I would like to get a second opinion.

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    Disassemble it. "I have a chance." Not sure? "I might have a chance." Really, really iffy? "I just might have a chance." "Just" modifies "might" while "might" modifies "have". (The link you have isn't wrong, but it refers to a different scenario.)
    – Hot Licks
    Mar 26, 2016 at 19:48
  • 'Just' here is certainly not a central adverb. Ekkehard König, in The Meaning of Focus Particles: A Comparative Perspective, classes it as a 'focus particle'.... Mar 26, 2016 at 22:00
  • These have complex distributions, being able to focus dramatic emphasis on the verb phrase (I just might have a chance = I might just have a chance), point out restriction in a verb phrase (I just looked; I didn't touch the buns), or point out restriction in a noun phrase say (Just John bought a pen / John bought just a pen). Mar 26, 2016 at 22:00

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According to Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged, "just might" is fine. From the definition of "just":

5: perhaps
<It just might work.>
<It won't make it to retail shelves for at least five years, if at all, but inexpensive rolls of plastic coated with electricity-generating film just might. — Fred Guterl, Newsweek, 23 Sept. 2002>

  • Thank you everyone for you answers they are very mind clearing. Thank you so much! Mar 27, 2016 at 3:55

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