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    #1

    but and too

    In Academy Street by Mary Costello, I came up to this phrase:

    'When I was ten,’ he said, ‘I saw a tree there struck by lightning. I was with my brother. It went up in flames in front of us. I was terrified, rooted to the spot…but under a sort of spell too.'

    Please could Teacher and Members help me out on understanding words 'but' and 'too' there.
    May I understand that 'but' is to emphasize the previous statement and 'too' means he thought the lightning was also a sort of spell?
    Thanks in advance!

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    Re: but and too

    In essence, yes. Consider this rephrasing, using a 'not only but also' construction.

    Not only was he terrified and rooted to the spot, but also under a spell cast by the lightning.
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    #3

    Re: but and too

    Quote Originally Posted by Sukhomvit View Post
    I came up to this phrase
    I came across this phrase.

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