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    but

    when you've finished your optimum number of hours you must stop. You must not then sit around in the chair thinking about the work- that only tires without any learning. You must get out and do something. It doesn't matter what - anything so long as you are actively doing something else but work.


    What word could replace but in the last sentence?

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    except?

    FRC

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    Quote Originally Posted by Francois
    except?

    FRC
    yes

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    Re: but

    Quote Originally Posted by trouble
    when you've finished your optimum number of hours you must stop. You must not then sit around in the chair thinking about the work- that only tires without any learning. You must get out and do something. It doesn't matter what - anything so long as you are actively doing something else but work.


    What word could replace but in the last sentence?
    other than, otherwise than

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    'Other than', yes, but I'm not that keen on the second suggestion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    'Other than', yes, but I'm not that keen on the second suggestion.
    Hi TDOL
    But= 2 (prec. by can etc.; in neg. or interrog.) except, other than, otherwise than (cannot choose but do it; what could we do but run?). Oxford Dic.

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    I said I didn'tlike it much because it is a rather dated form not much used nowadays. It is in dictionaries and can be found occasionally, but it is not used much.

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    Check these examples from the British National Corpus:
    http://thetis.bl.uk/cgi-bin/saraWeb?qy=otherwise%20than

    (BTW- youcan get a list of examples of a word or phrase like this from the Word Checker on the site.

    From the contexts, you'll see that they are not really the same style as the original post. I didn't say it was wrong, just that I wasn't keen on it.

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    Ahmed88 Guest
    OK TDOL.
    I have got it
    Many thanks

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