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Use of ‘But’ and ‘However’ || SBI Clerk Exam 2018 || English Language

Use of ‘But’

  • “But” is used in the sense of ‘contrary to expectation’. In contrast and ‘on the contrary’ as a conjunction.

Example:He cut his knee but didn’t cry.
She likes opera but her husband does not.

  •  ‘But’ is used after negative meaning expressing clause as a conjunction.

Example: We cannot do anything but wait.

  • ‘But’ is used in the sense of ‘except’ as a preposition.

Example: They are all wrong but me.

  • ‘But’ is used in the sense of ‘only’ as an adverb.

Example: He left but an hour ago.
He is but a boy.

  • ‘But that’ is used in the sense ‘except that’

Example: I would have helped him but that I was short of money at the time.

  • ‘But then’ is used in the sense of ‘on the other hand’

Example: Mumbai is a noisy place but then, it is a place of entertainment.

  • ‘But’ is used in the sense of ‘who do not’/’who does not’.

Example: There is not one of them but wishes to go.
 

Use of ‘However’:

  • ‘However’ is used in the sense of ‘all the same’, ‘nevertheless’ as a conjunction.

Example: However, he decided to stay.

  • ‘However’ or ‘Howsoever’ is used in the sense of ‘In whatever may or degree’ as an adverb.

Example: He will never succeed, however hard he tries.

  • ‘However’ is used in the sense of ‘but’ as a conjunction. In this sense, ‘However  and but’ are not used together.,

Example: She has not succeeded, but however she is not worried. (Incorrect)
She has not succeeded, but she is not worried. (Correct)
She has not succeeded,
however she is not worried. (Correct)

  • But If ‘however’ is used as an adverb of manner or an adverb of degree, the conjunction ‘But’ is used before it.

Example: But however hard he tried, he could not succeed.

     

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