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    except and only

    Hi,


    Are "except" and "only" interchangeable in the following?


    Liz would have run, except/only that she didnít want to appear to be in a hurry.


    I'd appreciate your help.

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    Re: except and only

    Both would work in AmE.

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    Re: except and only

    Quote Originally Posted by raymondaliasapollyon View Post
    Hi,


    Are "except" and "only" interchangeable in the following?


    Liz would have run, except/only that she didnít want to appear to be in a hurry.


    I'd appreciate your help.
    Perhaps:

    Liz would have run, except she didn't want to appear to be in a hurry.

    (She was in a hurry, but she didn't want to seem to be in a hurry.)
    Not a professional teacher

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    Re: except and only

    Quote Originally Posted by raymondaliasapollyon View Post
    Are "except" and "only" interchangeable in the following?


    Liz would have run, except/only that she didn’t want to appear to be in a hurry.
    No. "Only" is not possible.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: except and only

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    No. "Only" is not possible.


    How about "I'd be happy to do it for you, only I'm busy right now"?

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    #6

    Re: except and only

    If you took that out, only would work for me.

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    Re: except and only

    Quote Originally Posted by raymondaliasapollyon View Post
    How about "I'd be happy to do it for you, only I'm busy right now"?
    OK, but I'd be much more likely to use but.
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    Re: except and only

    Quote Originally Posted by raymondaliasapollyon View Post
    How about "I'd be happy to do it for you, only I'm busy right now"?
    It works for me.
    I am not a teacher.

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