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    #1

    all but

    Hello.

    In the article entitled "Swedes work shortest hours", I have found the following sentence:

    Swedish workers have more paid vacation than any other Europeans and work shortest weeks all but three nationalities.

    Does " all but" mean "except for"?

    Thank you.
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    #2

    Re: all but

    The sentence makes no sense with either variation. Have you quoted it correctly?

    What is the source of the article?

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    #3

    Re: all but

    Please see the entitled article on the Internet.

    I did make a mistake of writing "there" instead of "three".

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    I am not a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: all but

    It needs a "than." They work shorter hours than all but three other nationalities.

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    #6

    Re: all but

    What would "than all but" mean?

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    #7

    Re: all but

    What would "than all but" mean? "than all except /for/" or "than all excluding"?

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    #8

    Re: all but

    Yes, it means "all except for."

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    #9

    Re: all but

    That was tricky.

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    #10

    Re: all but

    "All but" can also mean "nearly" or "almost." As in, "This question was so difficult that I all but lost my mind."

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