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  1. vaibhavmaskar
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    but in negative sentece

    I never take a bath "but" the phone rings or someone knocks at the door.

    Is it right to replace "beacuse" in place of "but" for similary meaning?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vaibhavmaskar View Post
    I never take a bath "but" the phone rings or someone knocks at the door.

    Is it right to replace write/say/put "beacuse because" in place of "but" for similary a similar meaning?
    No. The original means "Every time I get in the bath, the phone rings or someone knocks on the door". It's clearly very inconvenient and a huge coincidence!
    Your version with "because" would mean "I never have a bath. The reason for that is that someone phones or knocks on the door".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    No, the meanings are not the same. Your sentence means, "I can never take a bath without the phone ringing or someone knocking on the door." Whenever I take a bath, someone invariably knocks on the door, or the phone rings.
    The speaker is not saying that he never takes a bath - and I think it's best expressed as "I can never take a bath..." Of course, the speaker is using hyperbole. He does not really expect you to believe that this always happens.
    Last edited by Raymott; 13-Mar-2014 at 05:59. Reason: fix typo

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    #4
    The construction with "but" would be uncommon in AmE. I would say:

    I can never take a bath "without" the phone ringing or someone knocking at the door.

    or

    Whenever I take a bath,
    the phone rings or someone knocks at the door.

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    It's not very common in BrE.

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