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    but

    "I am many things but not a gambler" [Jürgen Klopp.]

    May the above sentence be an equivalent to "I am many things but a gambler"?

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    #2

    Re: but

    Not to me.

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    #3

    Re: but

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Not to me.
    Thank you, Tdol, for the reply.

    My understanding is that the difference between two sentences is rather grammatical than lexical one.

    I understand it like that: in the "I am many things but not a gambler" but is a coordinating conjunction, sort of - "I am many things but [I'm] not a gambler" whereas in the "I am many things but a gambler" but is a preposition.

    Am I right?
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    Re: but

    The problem for me is that the second doesn't work as it stands for that meaning. Others may see things differently.

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    Re: but

    I'm anything but a gambler works for me. I am many things but a gambler does not.

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