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synonyms for but

  • although
  • however
  • nevertheless
  • on the other hand
  • still
  • though
  • yet
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The conjunction but marks an opposition or contrast, though in a casual way: We are going, but we shall return. However indicates a less marked opposition, but displays a second consideration to be compared with the first: We are going; however (“notice this also”), we shall return. Nevertheless implies a concession, something which should not be forgotten in making a summing up: We are going; nevertheless (“do not forget that”), we shall return. Still implies that in spite of a preceding concession, something must be considered as possible or even inevitable: We have to go on foot; still (“it is probable and possible that”), we’ll get there. Yet implies that in spite of a preceding concession, there is still a chance for a different outcome: We are going; yet (“in spite of all, some day”), we shall return.

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How to use but in a sentence

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 SEAM. 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 PAPERSCHARLES 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 CALMADYLUCAS MALET
Scarcely any President was ever elected with such all-but unanimity, and the Press was equally undivided in its praises.
LANDS OF THE SLAVE AND THE FREEHENRY A. MURRAY
We are going to catch a next-door-but-one chicken, and pay the Janeways for him to-morrow.
WINONA OF THE CAMP FIREMARGARET WIDDEMER
Its not that Im not fit for you,no mans that!but Im made so that Id rather go to the devil than be fit for you.
THE WAYFARERSMARY STEWART CUTTING
Ive been cipherin down to the fact that I cant go it alone, any moren you,there we agree; hold on, now!but I cant combine.
THE WAYFARERSMARY STEWART CUTTING
With mud and willows the beavers repaired the breaks in the but-little-damaged dam of the old pond.
WATCHED BY WILD ANIMALSENOS A. MILLS
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WORDS RELATED TO BUT

  • aside from
  • bar
  • barring
  • beside
  • but
  • except
  • excepting
  • excluding
  • exclusive of
  • in addition to
  • other than
  • outside of
  • save
  • without
  • apart from
  • aside from
  • bar
  • barring
  • besides
  • but
  • excepting
  • excluding
  • exclusive of
  • if not
  • lacking
  • leaving out
  • minus
  • not for
  • omitting
  • outside of
  • rejecting
  • save
  • saving
  • short of
  • with the exception of
  • without
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