Io sono appena passato per dire che mi dispiace.

English Translation

I just came by to say I’m sorry.

Can ‘appena’ really mean ‘just’ in the sense of explaining a reason, like “I only passed by to…”? I thought ‘appena’ with past tense like this gave a sense of an action immediately finished in the past (‘hardly’, ‘scarcely’).

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Ciao @figgles and welcome - Appena = just, soon, as soon as, only, barely, hardly. So it’s a pretty handy word and in this context it can be just or only. (Nice that they came by to say sorry :wink:

Hope this helps a bit… Ciao!

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