but

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but is part of the Basic English 850.
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but is one of the 1000 most common headwords.
but

Pronunciation[change]

Homophones[change]

Coordinator[change]

Conjunction
but

Coordinator
but

  1. You use but to join two ideas and show that they are not the same.
    I would take you there, but I do not have my car.
    The changes were small but important.
    "Do you speak French?" "No, but I speak Spanish."
    It says this not in words but in pictures.
  2. You use but to change the topic.
    I understand. And I'm sorry. But there is nothing I can do about it now.
    And that's important, but another thing that has changed it the location.

Preposition[change]

Preposition
but

  1. except
    He ate everything but the meat.
    Any day but tomorrow would be fine.
    I forgot my bag. I guess there's nothing to do but go back.

Adverb[change]

Positive
but

Comparative
none

Superlative
none

  1. only
    There is but one sun and one earth to live on.