Correct Usage of The Conjunction BUT



Correct Usage of The Conjunction BUT :



BUT : Correct Usage of The Conjunctions

The uses of this word as a Preposition have been shown already.
( The Preposition - BUT )

Its uses as a Conjunction and as an Adverb have still to be dealt with.

(a) As a Subordinating Conjunction

1. It never rains, but it pours. (Proverb)

It never rains except that it pours or it never rains without pouring.

This use of BUT as a Subordinating Conjunction has arisen from the omission of the Conjunction THAT. If THAT were expressed, BUT would retain its original character as a Preposition signifying EXCEPT and the Noun-clause following it would be its Object.

(b) As a Subordinating Conjunction, with some Demonstrative Pronoun understood after it. It then has the force of WHO or WHICH + NOT.

1. No one saw that sight but went away shocked.

No one saw that sight except that he went away or who did not go away, shocked.

(c) As an Adversative Conjunction of the Co-ordinating class…

1. He is rich but discontented.

(d) As an Adverb in the sense of only..

2. There is but a plank between us and death. (Correct)
3. There is only a plank between us and death. (Correct)

4. We can but try. (Correct)
5. We can but try, even if we are not successful. (Correct)

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