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  • 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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