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    #1

    Nothing/everything but cars IS/ARE sold here.

    This is not my homework.

    I think "Nothing/everything but cars IS sold here" is correct.
    Am I right?
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    #2

    Re: Nothing/everything but cars IS/ARE sold here.

    Do you mean they sell everything EXCEPT cars? (Bananas, nails, underwear, parkas, vodka...)
    Or do you mean they sell ONLY cars and nothing else?
    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: Nothing/everything but cars IS/ARE sold here.

    Interesting examples, Barb...

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    #4

    Re: Nothing/everything but cars IS/ARE sold here.

    Should have added "chainsaws"
    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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    #5

    Re: Nothing/everything but cars IS/ARE sold here.

    My objective was to be certain regarding the use of primary auxiliary verb.
    However, in my opinion, the meaning thould be as follows:-
    Everything but cars... mean except cars everything is sold (even chainsaw is included).
    Nothing but cars.... mean only cars are sold(chainsaw is a strict no).

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    #6

    Re: Nothing/everything but cars IS/ARE sold here.

    Your understanding is correct.

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