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    all but

    Humanity last beat back an enterovirus via vaccination when polio was all but eradicated in the late 1980s.

    May I ask what is the real meaning of "all but" in the above sentence.

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    Yu Heci

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    Re: all but

    It means 'very nearly', 'almost'.
    “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.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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    Re: all but

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    It means 'very nearly', 'almost'.
    May I further ask that the "all but" in the following citing sentences (from 'Solving Sudoko' ) also means 'very nearly','almost' or others:

    "In the following example, filtering has been added so only candidate 9's are visible. (Cells which contain the filtered candidate are automatically highlighted pale green in Simple Sudoku unless subsequently recolored - which is the case for all but one cell in this example). It is easy to see that there are a number of conjugate relationships allowing alternate coloring in a chain."

    Many thanks.

    Yu Heci

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    Re: all but

    In that example, "all but one cell" means "every cell except one cell".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: all but

    I will be appreciated very much if You could point out any mistake in my posts (including this note).
    Thank you so much for your help and time.
    Yu Heci

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    Re: all but

    "I will appreciate it very much if..." and you don't need to capitalize "You".

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    Re: all but

    Also '...any mistakes'.

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