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    #1

    Use of but

    I am a bit puzzled by the exact meaning of "but" in the following sentence:

    "She considered his presence as a substantial but spiritual presence."

    Does it mean substantial and spiritual at the same time?
    Substantial and NOT spiritual?
    Spiritual, NOT substantial?

    Any help, please?
    Thanks,

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    Re: Use of but

    The writer sees a conflict in the ideas of being "substantial" and "spiritual." The use of "but" points out that these two concepts often don't apply to the same situation. (At least, the author think so.)

    Although it was substantial, it was also spiritual.
    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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    #3

    Re: Use of but

    That was my first feeling, but I wasn't really sure.
    Thanks a lot for the quick response, Barb_D!

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