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    every day but (not) during Lent

    Hi,

    - We have a sugary treat everyday but not during Lent.

    I've come across the above sentence here (http://www.grammar-quizzes.com/except.html) and been confused when seeing 'not' after 'but.' I'd like to ask if it is correct or not. By the way, it should be 'every day' but not 'everyday.'

    Thanks.

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    Re: every day but (not) during Lent

    It should certainly be "every day".

    "Not" is correct. It means "We have a sugary treat every day but we don't have one every day during Lent". Technically, that means the speaker's first statement is not true - he/she does not have a sugary treat every day! I would word it "We have a sugary treat every day except during Lent" but the original is not wrong.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: every day but (not) during Lent

    So many thanks for the answer. What about these ones?

    - You can call me any day but (not) Thursday.
    - You can call me any day but (not) on Thursday.

    (They are my sentences)

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    Re: every day but (not) during Lent

    "You can call me any day but Thursday."
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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