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    #1

    not ... but

    I'm not available now, ___ please leave a message after the beep.
    (A) for (B) and (C) or (D) but
    The answer to the above question is option D. Can anyone tell me the reason?
    Last edited by sitifan; 05-Mar-2012 at 14:01.

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    #2

    Re: not ... but

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    I'm not available now, ___ please leave a mesage after the beep.
    (A) for (B) and (C) or (D) but
    The answer to the above question is option D. Can anyone tell me the reason?
    The main reason is that none of the others work at all.
    'But' here means, "You can't talk to me, but you can leave a message"; "I'm not here now, but I will get your message later."

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    #3

    Re: not ... but

    The better answer (not given) in my opinion is "so." Because I"m not here, you need to leave me a message instead of talking to me. I'm not here, so please leave a message.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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