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    Question Confusing "is but"

    Hi.
    I just registered and this is my first post. I found some sentences that I wasn't really sure about the meaning.

    Please find the "is but" part. This is the full sentence...
    "Dissemination of works via the Internet IS BUT the latest development, which raises new questions concerning copyright and related rights in this global medium."

    What I found in the dictionary was:

    Noun: but bút
    1. An objection

    Adverb: but bút
    1. And nothing more
    "hopes that last but a moment"
    - merely, simply, just, only

    Conjunction: but bút
    1. Introduces something in contrast or unexpected
    "poor but happy"; "went to bed, but did not sleep"

    I think the word fits as an adverb but still I don't understand its meaning.

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    Re: Confusing "is but"

    In your sentence "but" means merely, just, only.

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    Re: Confusing "is but"

    It’s an adverb. It means only, no more than, merely, simply or just. I think what the author trying to say is that the latest development of disseminating works via the Internet will simply (or only) raise new questions concerning copyright and related rights in this global medium.

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    Re: Confusing "is but"

    Thank you.

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