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    #1

    except/but/save for when

    Hi,

    *self-made*

    I'd like to ask if we can use except/but/save for before prepositions and conjuctions like:

    ''She was good-looking except/but/save for when she smiled.''

    Should I omit 'for' in the above?

    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: except/but/save for when

    Only except or except for work in AmE. But is not possible there. Save for would be understood but very unnatural.
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    #3

    Re: except/but/save for when

    Thanks for the answer but could you please tell me why 'but for' is not possible? I am asking this of you because according to Longman Dictionary, 'but for' means 'except for something or someone: All was silent but for the sound of the wind in the trees.'

    The source: http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/but_1

    Thanks again..

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    Re: except/but/save for when

    All was silent but for the sound of the wind in the trees.'

    That's fine, but it doesn't work in your original example.
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