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English

Etymology

Old English būtan, corresponding to "by + out".

Pronunciation

Preposition

but

  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Outside of, without.
    Away but the hoose and tell me whae's there.

Adverb

but (not comparable)

Positive
but

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. Merely, only.
    Since that day, my mood has changed but a little.

Conjunction

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  1. Except (for), excluding.
    I like everything but that. I have no choice but to leave.
  2. However, on the contrary (introducing a word or clause that contrasts with or contradicts the preceding clause or sentence).
    I am not rich but poor. You told me I could do that but she said that I could not.
  3. Although, nevertheless (implies that the following clause is contrary to prior belief).
    She is very old, but still attractive.

Usage notes

  • Beginning a sentence with a coordinating conjunction such as but is considered incorrect by classical grammarians arguing that a coordinating conjunction at the start of a sentence has nothing to connect, but use of the word in this way is very common. It is, however, best to avoid beginning a sentence with but in formal writing. Combining sentences or using however, nevertheless, still, or though is appropriate for the formal style.
    • But this tool has its uses.
    • This tool has its uses, however.
    • Nevertheless, this tool has its uses.
    • Still, this tool has its uses.
    • This tool still has its uses.
    • This tool has its uses, though.

Synonyms

Derived terms

Translations

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Noun

Singular
but

Plural
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but ({{{1}}})
  1. An instance or example of using the word "but"
    It has to be done – no ifs or buts.
  2. (Scotland) The outer room of a small two-room cottage.

Anagrams


Bosnian

Noun

but m. (pl.: butovi)

  1. thigh
  2. ham

Croatian

Noun

but m (plural butovi)

  1. thigh
  2. ham

Declension


Danish

Etymology

From Low German.

Adjective

but

  1. (rare) blunt

Synonyms

Antonyms


French

Pronunciation

Noun

but m.

  1. aim
  2. goal, score

Synonyms

Verb form

but

  1. Third-person singular indicative simple past of boire.

See also


Polish

Pronunciation

Noun

but m. [[Category:Template:lang:pl nouns|but]]

  1. shoe
  2. boot

Declension

Singular Plural
Nominative but buty
Genitive buta butów
Dative butowi butom
Accusative but buty
Instrumental butem butami
Locative bucie butach
Vocative bucie buty

Romani

Adjective

but (comparative majbut, superlative legmajbut)

  1. many

Scots

Noun

but ({{{1}}})

Singular
but

Plural
{{{1}}}

  1. The outer room of a small two-room cottage.

Preposition

but

  1. Outside of, without.

Serbian

Noun

but m. (pl.: butovi)

  1. thigh
  2. ham

Cyrillic spelling


Turkish

Noun

but

  1. thigh

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