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    everyone but

    The following is one of China's provinces' college entrance examination questions:
    Everyone was on time for the meeting _____ Chris, who 's usually ten minutes late for everything.
    A. but B. only C. even D. yet (The given answer is C.)

    I would think A is the correct answer. Am I right?
    Could I ask native English teachers to help me please? Thank you in advance.
    Last edited by joham; 26-Apr-2008 at 14:57. Reason: a spelling mistake.

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    Smile Re: everyone but

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    The following is one of China's provinces' college entrance examination question:
    Everyone was on time for the meeting _____ Chris, who 's usually ten minutes late for everything.
    A. but B. only C. even D. yet (The given answer is C.)

    I would think A is the correct answer. Am I right?
    Could I ask native English teachers to help me please? Thank you in advance.
    Yes, you are correct. A is the answer. It is a replacement for saying "except for" or "with the exception of" Chris. (Everyone was on time for the meeting except for Chris, who is usually late for everything.)


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    Re: everyone but

    The two possibilities are:
    Everyone was on time for the meeting, even Chris, who 's usually ten minutes late for everything. That surprised everyone, including him!

    Everyone was on time for the meeting but Chris, who 's usually ten minutes late for everything anyway, so no surprise there.

    No comma after meeting, leaves only "but' as the correct answer.

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