Using the common expression 'But' in many different ways.
The common expression 'but' changes its meaning when it is used in different types of sentences. In this lesson, you will learn about the different uses of 'but'.
1. To join two ideas that are not the same.
Example : The changes made in the organization were small but important.
2. Used as 'except'.
Example : There is nothing to do but sleep.
3. Used as 'only' (very unusual).
Example : There is but one moon and one sun.
4. Can't but / can't help but : to emphasize something is true and there is no other possibility of anything else.
Example : I can't help but admire his guts.
5. But for : to express if something had not existed or happened.
Example : The flight would have arrived on time but for the bad weather condition.
6. But then : used before a remark which slightly contradicts what you have just said.
Example : They never worked hard, but then who did?
7. But then again : used before a remark which suggests that what you have just said shouldn't be surprising.
Example : My friend spends hours at the salon, but then again, so do I.
8. 'Ifs and buts' : used when you want to say that no excuses would be accepted or when you think the reasons are not good enough.
Example : My boss said, " Complete this project by tomorrow, no ifs and buts this time."
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