Student or Learner
An article in a newspaper reads:
"The fire that all but destroyed the office building of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Alexandria did not destroy historical records as officials had first feared."
My question is: can we replace all but with almost? If so, how can you determine which is more appropriate, does it depend on context?
Which would you use in the below sentence?
The accident all but/almost cost him his life.
Last edited by retro; 23-Apr-2007 at 13:32.
Can we say
"the accident almost cost him his life"
suggests that though he got off with just a few bruises, he could've died, and
"the accident all but cost him his life" suggests that he broke his arms and legs, was seriously injured, however, he stayed alive (considering his critical condition he could've died but, what a surprise, he survived)?
Well, the second one sounds a little bit odd to me.
What'd you think?