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    could only but ...

    Dear Tutor,

    What do they mean when people say "could only but...", like:

    I could only but flee.

    Thanks!

    Emily

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    Re: could only but ...

    It sounds a bit strange to me, but it means that they had no choice- they could only flee. However, 'I could only flee' or 'I could but flee' sound more natural to me.

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