But or not but

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rmb
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But or not but

Post by rmb » Sun Mar 26, 2006 6:09 pm

Hello. The diverse uses of the word "but" in english may be a little puzzling for a foreign speaker. Would it be correct here, for an effect of emphasis or politeness or literateness to say:
"Would you have the goodness but to warn me in the first place?"

Thank you (I mean, for the answer...).

 

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Jason M. Ham
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I would delete it from that sentence...

Post by Jason M. Ham » Wed Mar 29, 2006 7:03 am

Whatever effect the word but would have in your example sentence would be overshadowed by the confusion it causes. In my opinion it would be better to omit it from that sentence. It just doesn't belong there. 8)

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