NGSL Rank: 25
- used to introduce a phrase or clause contrasting with what has already been mentioned.E.g. he stumbled but didn't fall
- used to indicate the impossibility of anything other than what is being stated.E.g. one cannot but sympathize
- used to introduce a response expressing a feeling such as surprise or anger.E.g. but that's an incredible saving!
- used after an expression of apology for what one is about to say.E.g. I'm sorry, but I can't pay you
- without it being the case that.E.g. it never rains but it pours
- except; apart from; other than.E.g. we were never anything but poor
- no more than; only.E.g. he is but a shadow of his former self
- (used at the end of a sentence) though; however.E.g. he was a nice bloke but
- an argument against something; an objection.E.g. no buts —just get out of here
- an outer room, especially in a two-roomed cottage.
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