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    "but"

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    No one but you notices (is aware) that you are not making a 100% effort.

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    '...nobody except you is aware that...'
    What does that (Usage Problem) mean? Does this mean that using but in the below statement is wrong or the meaning of but doesn't make sense? Or as Tdol says, "It's a usage problem because it is used by some native speakers, but the majority consider it to be wrong." Post # 25

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    3. Usage Problem Used to indicate an exception: No one but she saw the prowler."

    Also, does Usage Problem apply/go to,"Everybody but me thinks they will pass the test, but I am not so confident."

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    Re: "but"

    Did you read the usage note in the dictionary?

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    Re: "but"

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post
    What does that (Usage Problem) mean? Does this mean that using but in the below statement is wrong or the meaning of but doesn't make sense? Or as Tdol says, "It's a usage problem because it is used by some native speakers, but the majority consider it to be wrong." Post # 25

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    3. Usage Problem Used to indicate an exception: No one but she saw the prowler."

    Also, does Usage Problem apply/go to,"Everybody but me thinks they will pass the test, but I am not so confident."
    Using "but" instead of "except" is not a usage problem. It is a perfectly acceptable alternative word.
    The "usage problem" referred to with "brung" is exactly what Tdol said "It's used by some native speakers, but the majority consider it to be wrong". I would go further and say "It's used by some native speakers, but it is wrong as far as the accepted past tense of 'bring' is concerned".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.


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    Re: "but"

    Yes, the "usage problem" is the undecided question of whether to use "I" or "me," subject or object.

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