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  1. Odessa Dawn's Avatar
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    #1

    I can only but try.

    Using I can only but try in speech, where could I take a short pause, please? I think it occurs after only, do you, please?


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    #2

    Re: I can only but try.

    I see no need for any pause in those four words.

    Incidentally, 'I can but try' seems far more natural to me.

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    #3

    Re: I can only but try.

    "I can only try" and "I can but try" are both fine, but "I can only but try" is unnatural.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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