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2, 10. When but is understood as a conjunction and the pronoun following it is understood as the subject of an incompletely expressed clause, the pronoun is in the subjective case: Everyone lost faith in the plan but she ( did not lose faith ). In virtually identical contexts, when but is understood as a preposition, the pronoun following it is in the objective case: Everyone lost faith but her. The prepositional use is more common. However, when prepositional but and its following pronoun occur near the beginning of a sentence, the subjective case often appears: Everyone but she lost faith in the plan. See also doubt, than.
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH butbut , butt
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Definition for but (2 of 4)
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Definition for but (3 of 4)
noun plural (especially collectively) but, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) buts.
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Origin of but-
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What are other ways to say but?
The conjunction but means “on the contrary,” and is used to indicate contrast or opposition between elements in a sentence. How is but different from however, nevertheless, still, and yet? Find out on Thesaurus.com.
Example sentences from the Web for but
And more I cannot explain/but you, from what I did not say/will infer what I do not say.Sor Juana: Mexico’s Most Erotic Poet and Its Most Dangerous Nun|Katie Baker|November 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And there is always the easy-but-true charge of Hollywood hypocrisy.
Sheets of bright-but-not-too-bright blue streaked with thin clouds.Native American Basketball Team in Wyoming Have Hoop Dreams Of Their Own|Robert Silverman|August 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And in those conflicts, the Predator would be all-but-useless.The Killer Drone Goes Stealthy—Just in Time for a New Cold War|Zach Rosenberg|April 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And we all remember good-but-overpraised songs like If I Had a Hammer and the treacly classic Where Have All the Flowers Gone?
When he first worked her she had the old bee-but boiler, 24 feet in diameter.Life of Richard Trevithick, Volume II (of 2)|Francis Trevithick
Till now one with sudden hiss: "But-good Christ-just look-why, the roof's leaning—!"The Lord of the Sea|M. P. Shiel
Our friend with his infinite variety and flexibility, we know-but can we put him in?The Pocket R.L.S.|Robert Louis Stevenson
Eligible single gentlemen pass and repass-but there is no invitation for to inquire within or without.The Pickwick Papers|Charles Dickens
And again there came to Honoria that ache of longing for the but-half-disclosed glory and fulness of life.The History of Sir Richard Calmady|Lucas Malet
British Dictionary definitions for but (1 of 2)
Word Origin for but
British Dictionary definitions for but (2 of 2)
Word Origin for but
Idioms and Phrases with but
In addition to the idioms beginning with but
- but for
- but good
- all but
- all over but the shouting
- anything but
- can't help but
- close but no cigar
- everything but the kitchen sink
- it never rains but it pours
- last but not least
- no ifs or buts
- nothing but
- sadder but wiser
- separate but equal
- slow but sure
- spirit is willing but the flesh is weak
- there but for the grace of god