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marcin.k
Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 8:15:45 AM
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Hello. I always wonder what does it mean.
Everything but.......
For example like in song:
"Everything but the girl".
Do you have any other examples of this syntax?
IMcRout
Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 8:40:46 AM
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It is used in the meaning of 'except' or 'except for' here.

Everyone but the speaker realised that the microphone wasn't working.
marcin.k
Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 9:04:00 AM
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IMcRout wrote:
It is used in the meaning of 'except' or 'except for' here.

Everyone but the speaker realised that the microphone wasn't working.


Oh thanx.
Is it then correct to say:
"Everyone failed the exam but me"
in meaning that only I passed?
Christine
Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 9:15:35 AM
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marcin.k wrote:
IMcRout wrote:
It is used in the meaning of 'except' or 'except for' here.

Everyone but the speaker realised that the microphone wasn't working.


Oh thanx.
Is it then correct to say:
"Everyone failed the exam but me"
in meaning that only I passed?


yes
IMcRout
Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 9:15:46 AM
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I would prefer to say, 'Everyone but me failed...'.
Please don't ask why.
marcin.k
Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 9:21:53 AM
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Thank you both.
I need to practise then this syntax as I suspect it is commonly used by native speakers. Isn't it?
Seth
Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 10:11:16 AM
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Depends who you talk to like for every language but yeah it i commonly used ... by some people. They'd rather use (I'm the only that passed) instead of (Everyone but me failed) the latter tends to focus more on the failure of Everyone, whereas the first one tends to focus more on the speaker that passed ( I vs Everyone)

But still you'll find this grammar almost everywhere so yep you'd better get used to this rule.
Feeble Dragonfly
Posted: Monday, June 20, 2011 6:40:44 AM
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Also look at the expression " Everything but the kitchen sink"
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