You only use it to stress that something is simply what you say and that it is not better, more significant, or more interesting. He is no longer more than a close buddy. It's just that he's so simple...
...and so am I!
It should pattern with other discourse markers if it is predominantly employed as a discourse marker (e.g., a hedge). I examined into how it was used in the Switchboard corpus (Godfrey and Holliman, 1993). A subset of one million words from the corpus was also annotated for a variety of attributes, including part-of-speech. From this corpus, I determined that although it does occur with other discourse markers, it is most commonly found at the beginning of a sentence or clause.
In conclusion, while there are instances where it is used to mark a discourse unit, mainly it is used as a form of punctuation.
(1) Definition of mere (Entry 2 of 4) predominantly British. : a standing body (see standing entry 1 sense 2) water: On an inland mere, pool had noticed numerous boats. A simple Yale Review article on mers.
Merely means "by itself". It's used to describe something that is only good or useful for something else; for example, "a fish soup" or "a boat ride on the mere." Fish can't swim, so they need things like boats to go on the mere. And since boats are limited in number, there must be others like them on the mere too.
Here are some other examples of usage of the word mere:
He hasn't got any money, so he's going to have to hitchhike to his uncle's house on the US mere.
I don't understand what you mean by mere possession. Could you please use another word instead?
She didn't like his friend, so she decided not to go to his party on the mere island in the lake.
I'll send you a mere fax machine reminder before I forget again!
A mere handful refers to a small amount of something. His eyes just glazed over when he saw how much money I made.
Formal imperative languages such as French and German have many different words for different types of instructions, but they usually include an order sentence expressing the idea of "give (or take) X". For example, in French, you could say "donne-moi les clefs" or "entre nous, je ne veux pas de toasts au rhum", et cetera.
In English, you often need only one word to express both ideas. So, if I wanted you to give me your keys, I might say "give me your keys". If you've been asked to bring something to school, you can say "bring my book home", or even just "bring". Directions like this one are called "directives".
French has another word for direction: it's "règle". Règles are more common in formal writing, but any kind of instruction can use them. They're made up of two parts: a verb in the infinitive form ("donner" = "to give") followed by a noun or phrase that gives information about what should be done ("les clés" = "the keys").
Plain English is a writing style that allows the reader to comprehend the information on the first read. It use short, straightforward phrases and plain language, with no superfluous jargon. Remove any extraneous words. Rephrase sentences to avoid using complex grammar structures or long sentences.
Plain English is used by non-professionals who want to communicate effectively but don't have the time or expertise for formal writing. The term is most often associated with user guides and other documentation written by consumers for consumers, but it also appears in scientific publications, school essays, business letters, and reports.
Plain English aims to make texts easier to understand by reducing unnecessary complexity and using simple language. It is not simply the absence of fancy words or phrases. Plain English adds clear and concise words where necessary, avoids over-complexity, and avoids giving away secret information where possible. It is not an excuse to write dumbed-down prose either. If you remove all the complicated words from this passage, you are left with a sentence that can be understood by anyone who has learned the basic rules of grammar.
The goal of plain English is to write in such a way that people without a degree in linguistics can follow what you're saying. This means using simple vocabulary and avoiding complex sentence structure.