Student or Learner
Hi, I'd like to ask for confirmation about my understanding of these constructs:
1) "All but" and "Anything but" are equivalent, still the former is more common.
2) "His car is all but fast" means that the car isn't fast.
Similarly, "The company is all but certain to file for Chapter 11" means that it isn't certain at all that the company is going to file for Chapter 11.
I'm asking because I often stumble upon (on the web, so these might very well be non-native writers) these constructs used in a way that, from the context, would make you think that they mean the exact opposite of what you'd think.
Referring to the first example that would mean that the car surely is fast.
This should be pretty trivial but since this inconsistency comes up pretty often I thought I'd ask.