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    save vs except

    The streets of Toronto were quiet this morning, save for a steady stream of cabs and cars weaving their way through the still dark streets.

    hi there,
    please, does the word ''save'' mean ''except'' in the sentence above?
    how formal is that please?
    thanks.


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    Re: save vs except

    except for; other than for

    It's perhaps not so much as its 'formal', as having a literary, poetic quality to it. This is in keeping with the poetic style of writing here -
    the still dark streets; and adds to the alliteration :
    The streets of Toronto were quiet this morning, save for a steady stream of cabs and cars weaving their way through the still dark streets.

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    Re: save vs except

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    It's perhaps not so much as its 'formal', as having a literary, poetic quality to it. This is in keeping with the poetic style of writing here -
    the still dark streets; and adds to the alliteration :
    The streets of Toronto were quiet this morning, save for a steady stream of cabs and cars weaving their way through the still dark streets.
    thanks. does it mean the same as ''except''?
    thanks again.

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    Re: save vs except

    Yes. save=except.

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