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In this usage, "einfach" is a modal particle. It conveys the speakers' attitude towards the content of their utterance and covers different functions: a) Intensification, as in the example you quote. b) Dissatisfaction, as in: "er hat mich einfach ignoriert" ('he einfach ignored me'). c) Awareness that something/someone cannot be changed: "er ist einfach ...


Another interesting way of using it is: Einfach unerträglich wäre es! Which translates to: It would be simply insupportable!

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