Don’t take it out on me just because you’ve had a bad day.

lilyyang tw Taiwan

Is it okay to use "because" instead of "just because" in the sentence above?

Does it make any differences?

I'm not sure what the difference between "because" and "just because" is.

Thank you!!!

December 01 at 11:37
  • jungleboy au Australia

    'Just because' is a common collocation and adds emphasis. The speaker is saying that the other person having a bad day (unrelated to the speaker) is the only reason they are mad at the speaker.

    December 01 at 15:28
  • brucenator us United States

    just because = simply because = for the simple reason that

    It's not merely a reason, but a simple reason, i.e. not a very good or well thought out reason, which you can also say is no reason at all.

    You've had a bad day. That's no reason to take it out on me. / That's not a very good reason for you to take it out on me.

    December 02 at 05:24