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    #1

    When should "but" have a pronoun afterwards?

    Hello everyone,

    I want to know if this sentence is natural or not. And when we should include the pronoun after but.


    The matter is not due to modern technology but due to our misuse.
    The matter is not due to modern technology but our misuse.
    The matter is not due to modern technology but it is due to out miss use.
    I wish I had better English, but I work hard to improve it. I'm studying for IGCSE, so I'm only interested in BrE.

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    #2

    Re: When should "but" have a pronoun afterwards?

    Hi saloom

    As an NES but not a teacher, I feel that the sentences end abruptly.

    I would rather have said:

    "The problem is not new technology itself (or per se) but our misuse of it (or its misuse)."

    Regards
    R21

    PS Which of the pronouns were you referring to?

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