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Idioms for but
Origin of but1
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grammar notes for but
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
Definition for but (2 of 4)
Origin of but2
Definition for but (3 of 4)
noun plural (especially collectively) but, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) buts.
Definition for but (4 of 4)
Origin of but-
Example sentences from the Web for but
If ands and buts were candy and nuts,” Boehner said, “every day would be Christmas.
Her directness had made all possible 'buts' seem ridiculous and futile, and had made the expression of curiosity seem offensive.Hilda Lessways|Arnold Bennett
The other acknowledged the fact with some degree of reluctance, and explained, with many "buts" as an excuse in extenuation.
Notice the “nots” and “buts,” indicating the change from the negative to the positive statement.English: Composition and Literature|W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
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