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but(bŭt; bət when unstressed)
but(bʌt; unstressed bət)
but(bʌt; unstressed bət)
You use but to introduce something that contrasts with what you have just said.
But is usually used to link clauses.
You can put but at the beginning of a sentence when you are replying to someone, or writing in a conversational style.
You can use but to link adjectives or adverbs that contrast with each other.
But is sometimes used after negative words such as nothing, no-one, nowhere, or none. A negative word followed by but means 'only'. For example, 'We have nothing but carrots' means 'We only have carrots'.
But is also used after all and after words beginning with every- or any-. When but is used after one of these words, it means 'except'. For example, 'He enjoyed everything but maths' means 'He enjoyed everything except maths'.
|Adv.||1.||but - and nothing more; "I was merely asking"; "it is simply a matter of time"; "just a scratch"; "he was only a child"; "hopes that last but a moment"|
she was poor but she was honest → era pobre pero honrada
I want to go but I can't afford it → quiero ir, pero no tengo el dinero
but it does move! → ¡pero sí se mueve!
he's not Spanish but Italian → no es español sino italiano
he didn't sing but he shouted → no cantó sino que gritó
we never go out but it rains → nunca salimos sin que llueva
I never go there but I think of you → nunca voy allá sin pensar en ti
it never rains but it pours → llueve sobre mojado
she's but a child → no es más que una niña
all but naked → casi desnudo
you can but try → con intentar no se pierde nada
if I could but speak to him → si solamente pudiese hablar con él
one cannot but admire him → no se puede sino admirarle
had I but known → de haberlo sabido (yo), si lo hubiera sabido
anything but that → cualquier cosa menos eso
everyone but him → todos menos él
but for you → si no fuera por ti
the last but one → el/la penúltimo/a
the last but three → el tercero antes del último
there is nothing for it but to pay up → no hay más remedio que pagar
who but she could have said something like that? → ¿quién sino ella podría haber dicho semejante cosa?
no buts about it! → ¡no hay pero que valga!
come on, no buts, off to bed with you! → ¡vale ya! no hay pero que valga, ¡a la cama!
Correcting a previous negative
Not only ... but also
I'd like to come, but I'm busy → J'aimerais venir mais je suis occupé.
but then again (= on the other hand) → mais d'un autre coté
but then (= but of course) → mais (à vrai dire)
Nobody but him can do it → Lui seul peut le faire.
nothing but → rien d'autre que
We've had nothing but trouble → Nous n'avons eu que des ennuis.
but for you → sans toi
but for your help → sans ton aide
anything but that → tout sauf or excepté ça, tout mais pas ça
the last but one (British) → l'avant-dernier/ière