Question: What Is All But?

What is the meaning of had but?

“Had but” is similar to “had only” or “had just”.

So it means that they had only recently come together again.

It sounds more formal, or perhaps a little old-fashioned.

Another few examples: “I had but two pounds to my name” (I had only £2); “You have but to ask” (You [have only [only need] to ask)..

What does virtually mean?

adverb. for the most part; almost wholly; just about: He is virtually unknown.

What does the word practically mean?

English Language Learners Definition of practically : almost or nearly. : in a way that is reasonable or logical : in a practical way.

What does I have nothing but love for you mean?

It sounds like a cute saying, but not an “I love you” statement. He is trying to say he has love for you in his heart. He values you and appreciates you, but isn’t in love with you. It means he holds no animosity over the break-up which is a good thing.

Is anything but a sentence?

He said it would be a cheap holiday; it turned out to be anything but. The new boss is anything but charming when I met him. Our meeting schedule is anything but definite.

What is the difference between nothing and anything?

Anything means a thing of any kind. Use it in questions and negative sentences. It can also be used to to mean I don’t mind. Nothing means no single thing.

What does it mean when someone says all but?

The adverbial phrase all but (no need to hyphenate it) means almost, nearly, or on the verge of. It signals that the following word is almost but not quite the case. For example, if I say, I all but ran to the door, it means I walked very fast to the door but did not run.

What does all but abandoned mean?

it suggests and means “almost completely”. So, “all but wiped out” means “everything except wiped out” eg.

What does all but over mean?

English term or phrase: to be all but over. Selected answer: to have more or less/almost completely come to an end.

Is all but dead meaning?

almost; nearly. all but dead. See full dictionary entry for all.

Are anything but meaning?

phrase. You use anything but in expressions such as anything but quiet and anything but attractive to emphasize that something is not the case.

Is nothing but meaning?

But” in the expression “nothing but” means “except”, i.e. “nothing but” is just a more emphatic way of saying “nothing except”, “only”; for example. We could see nothing but fog. He causes nothing but trouble.

Is all but certain meaning?

“All but’ means ‘very nearly’, as in “He had all but forgotten she was there, until he heard her voice,” or “She had all but lost hope of ever finding any trace of him when she found a footprint.” “All but certain” therefore means “very nearly certain”.

What does is but a mean?

Life is [nothing] but a dream. The popularity trend of the phrase “is nothing but a” versus “is but a” indicates the frequency of the poetic latter formulation is trending down towards that of the former, to a point about 20 years ago where they are nearly equal in occurrence.

How do you use all but?

Examples of all but in a Sentence Without you the job would have been all but impossible. We had all but given up hope.

Is all but forgotten?

All but forgotten means just short of totally, or 100%, forgotten.

What is the meaning of nearly?

1 : in a close manner or relationship nearly related. 2a : almost but not quite nearly identical nearly a year later. b : to the least extent not nearly as good as we expected. Synonyms More Example Sentences Learn More about nearly.

What is meaning of except?

We often use except and except for as prepositions to mean ‘not including’ or ‘excluding’. They are followed by a noun or noun phrase or a wh-clause.