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    #1

    but for

    Dear teachers,

    Do the expressions "were it not for" and "had it not been for" meaning "but for" exist in English? If yes, would you please give me some examples?

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    Hela

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    Re: but for

    Were it not for the internet, I wouldn't be able to answer your question. (It's a formal restructuring of the if clause in a second conditional, often to make the possibility even more remote)

    But for your help, I wouldn't have been able to finish it.
    (mostly used in third conditional type sentences, where the condition couldn't have been fulfilled without the contribution expressed by 'but for')

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    #3

    Re: but for

    Thank you VERY much, tdol.

    And what about "had it not been for", is it used?

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    Hela
    Last edited by hela; 18-Jun-2005 at 15:48.

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    #4

    Re: but for

    It is used too.

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    #5

    Re: but for

    Thanks again.

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