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Implying that the following clause contrasts with the preceding clause
“She may have aged, but her beauty has not waned.”
Indicating an exception
“Everyone but John had left the party.”
On the other hand; whereas
“Sally was tall, but her sister was short.”
Nothing more than
“I admire many authors like Hemingway, Twain, and Dickens to name but a few.”
(following a negative clause) Indicating the impossibility of anything other than what is being stated
“There was nothing he could do but continue to work hard.”
Except for the fact that
“I should have tidied up the apartment, but I was too lazy.”
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